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It’s like a demented tennis match: CIA director says Pelosi received the truth CIA Director Leon Panetta challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations that the agency lied to her, writing a memo to his agents saying she received nothing but the truth. [snip] Panetta, President Obama’s pick to run the clandestine agency and President Clinton’s former chief of staff, wrote in a memo to CIA | Read More »
Heck Of A Job, Panetta
This is the kind of thing one uses one’s inside voice to comment about. And if one has to speak up about it, one speaks up about it privately. Pardon my snark, but if Leon Panetta were more versed in national security and intelligence matters–instead of merely being parachuted into a national security/intelligence position–he might have known this. And while I had hoped that his | Read More »
Sounds Pretty Equivocal, Doesn’t It?
Link: President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, Leon E. Panetta, said Friday that he intended to test the claims by current agency officials that coercive interrogation methods were effective in getting terrorism suspects to talk. Panetta’s comments were the latest indication that the Obama administration may restore some of the CIA’s authority to use interrogation techniques that go beyond those allowed for the U.S. | Read More »
Obama’s nominee for CIA chief has a daughter who just loves anti-American dictators
Seriously — if you’re surprised, raise your hand. Didn’t think so. The fact that a far-left activist would be palling around with diehard enemies of freedom in their own countries and abroad isn’t the least bit surprising; it’s what makes the “liberal” moniker the utter oxymoron we all know and love. Leon Panetta’s daughter is a perfect example. From Mike Waller’s blog: If the adult | Read More »
Of Panetta And Rendition Policies
Nice to see that more people are asking about this. But will Senators at Panetta’s confirmation hearing do so as well? And if they do, will Panetta answer? Let’s hope, by the way, that the Q&A goes at least a little bit past this.
Barack Obama’s Dangerous Game
Bumped up top to go with the AOL Hot Seat Question The media, let’s face it, want Barack Obama to succeed. They’ll want him to succeed until the moment Americans start getting slaughtered again in American streets by terrorists. And then they’ll want him to succeed even more. But we must be prepared to set the record straight. I am deeply concerned that Leon Panetta, | Read More »
Sen. Boxer approves Panetta at CIA: a reckless pick in a dangerous time
From the diaries, by Erick On Monday, January 5, President-elect Obama selected former Cong. Leon Panetta to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta’s chief qualification is his utter lack of intelligence experience – meaning that he has not been involved with any of the intelligence activities in the past 7 years that have kept America safe. This makes him an acceptable candidate | Read More »
What Did Leon Panetta Know About Rendition And When Did He Know It?
Thus far, defenders of Director-designate of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta make the following points in defense of the proposition that he would make a good DCI: In response to arguments that Panetta is not experienced, Panettaphiles tell us that because of his experience as a consumer of intelligence–both as a member of the Iraq Study Group and as Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton–Panetta actually | Read More »
So, it would appear that the Obama transition operation is not as adroit as we might have thought. I can’t imagine why the President-elect would have been taken by surprise by the notion that if you don’t inform the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee of your choice for DCI, she might get a mite upset. I mean, given all of those many years that | Read More »
Of Panetta And Conundrums
The nature of the selection process for the next Director of Central Intelligence has careened from the bizarre to the ridiculous: President-elect Barack Obama said yesterday that he has selected a “top-notch intelligence team” that would provide the “unvarnished” information his administration needs, rather than “what they think the president wants to hear.” But current and former intelligence officials expressed sharp resentment over Obama’s choice | Read More »
Thoughts on Panetta at CIA
Let me say up front that I don’t have a problem with Barack Obama’s nomination of long time Clinton loyalist and former California congressman Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The two biggest dings against Panetta are that 1) Dianne Feinstein and Jay Rockefeller have their panties knotted over their not being consulted and 2) Panetta is not an intelligence professional. I think | Read More »
AP: No Experience in new CIA Chief Somehow Shows Obama’s ‘Clean Break from Bush Administration’?
To paraphrase Forrest Gump, Inexperienced is as inexperienced does. At least that is what comes to my mind when hearing that Barack Obama has picked the inoffensive, completely inexperienced and unqualified Leon Panetta to be the new director of the CIA. Really. Leon Panetta? The onetime director of the Office of Management and Budget Panetta, that Leon Panetta? This old Clinton partisan has absolutely no | Read More »
Is Lack of Experience Becoming a Mantra?
Although I have not supported Barack Obama, I’ve been committed to actually contributing to the process, instead of being bitter, because what’s done is done. As such, I’m really trying to get behind what President-elect Obama is doing. I’ve supported some of his economic appointments and I think he’s truly making an effort. Also, I think there’s so much potential for this incoming Administration. However, after | Read More »
The Change Bus Drives Off the Cliff of Insanity
The Change Bus is rapidly swerving off the cliff of insanity & Barry hasn’t even taken office yet! I mean, seriously folks, this “presidential transition” has reality show train wreck written all over it. Consider what “The One” has brought us before even taking office: 1. BLAG-O-GATE: Who among us hasn’t enjoyed the splendor of Blog-o-gate? I personally love the fact that the clown is | Read More »
Leon Panetta For DCI?
That’s the story. There are, however, some problems to consider: President-elect Barack Obama is naming Leon Panetta, a former congressman from California and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, to be CIA director. Obama also has picked retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair to be director of national intelligence, overseeing all the nation’s spy agencies, a Democratic official said. The selection pairs a top military | Read More »