Meet Leon Panetta

January 6, 2009

You’re President-Elect. You had a grand total of 142 days of Senate experience before you decided to run for President. You’re facing two wars, conflicts in Israel and India, a rising Venezuela and Russia. Who do you pick for Director of Central Intelligence? An analyst who’s worked his way up through the process, with a deep knowledge of intelligence and understanding of its capabilities and limitations? A military veteran who understands the dangers America faces? Heck, maybe even an intellectual who’s studied intelligence matters for decades?

No, silly. You pick former democrat Congressman and Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, who’s even less qualified to be DCI than you are to be President.
In March of last year, he denied that Iraq had WMD (the residents of Halabja were unavailable for comment) and rejected harsh interrogation of terrorists caught on the battlefield.
Never mind that on C-Span’s Washington Journal of 10/28/03,he said that when he was White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, they received the same briefings about Iraqi WMDs.
While he was Clinton’s head of the Office of Management and Budget, Panetta suggested budget cuts to the CIA. This was the year of the first World Trade Center bombing.
As White House Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta was told in July of 1995 about Chinese spying at Los Alamos. He did not tell President Clinton, who didn’t learn of the issue until 1997.
He also dislikes Hillary Clinton, the incoming SecState. Yeah, that’ll work.
And he says the surge didn’t work.

What could possibly go wrong?


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