Obama's Pick of Panetta to Head CIA In Trouble?

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  1. Marcia

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    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/panetta-to-be-named-cia-director/?hp
     
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    This is the dumbest decision he could have made. His picks are falling apart left and right. He has no idea what he is doing.
     
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    Update: A transition aide told CNN’s Ed Henry that the president-elect “had very good conversations with both Senator Rockefeller and Senator Feinstein. They shared views about the future direction of intelligence and their desire to consult closely on these issues.”

    Earlier Tuesday, Feinstein released a statement saying she had been contacted by both Obama and Biden, and that they had “explained to me the reasons why they believe Leon Panetta is the best candidate for CIA Director. …I look forward to speaking with Mr. Panetta about the critical issues facing the intelligence community and his plans to address them.”

    - http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.co...-consult-with-feinstein-on-panetta-a-mistake/
     
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    "Coupled with Obama's decision to name Dawn Johnsen, an academic critic of torture, head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (the office that said yay to waterboarding and unlimited presidential authority in wartime), the Panetta selection shows that there might be real change in Washington, even if Bob Gates is staying on at the Pentagon and Larry Summers is back. These are both significant picks that send a significant signal: time to clean up the mess left behind by Bush."

    - http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/davidcor...tta-confi.html

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    Just like the left. There is more to running the CIA than being against waterboarding. With shallow leadership like this we can expect to be attacked soon.
     
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  7. Marcia

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    Yet on NPR this morning (a very liberal network), they were saying how upset Feinstein was. I think she backtracked here so things would not look bad.
     
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    That's how politics works. :)
     
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    She was just upset because she was not included in the vetting process.


     
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    They spoke to her and explained they think he's a good pick at this time. Her real response was something to the effect of, "I look forward to sitting down with him etc...". I think that means she will look him over before giving the thumbs up.
     
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    Yes indeed....

    But each day seems to bring yet another Clintonista to the administration.
     
  12. Marcia

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    Boy, don't I know it! I live in Politics Central. And it ain't pretty.

    This is one reason I'm so jaded on politics and you don't see me engage in much discussion here. It's all bad to me. I believe no one in politics and do not think anyone good can be in power.
     
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    Oh, yeah, she'll look him over for sure. She doesn't want to be bypassed in this process.
     
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    You gut it... I think her huge Senator feelings were hurt because no one asked her...
     
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    You may be correct but I don't believe Bush keeping Tenant was responsible for the leaks. There is a rogue element in the CIA and I don't know which way they will go but I believe they lean left.

    I also believe the referral of the Valerie Plame incident [The CIA knew there was no crime.] to the FBI and their subsequent appointment of a special prosecutor who continued to haul people before a grand jury when he knew that no crime was committed and who the leaker was is indicative of a tremendous problem with the entrenched bureaucracy in DC
     
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    The rogue element in the CIA was obviously Neo-Con. That's why they suppressed intelligence pointing to the 9/11 attacks. They needed a "Pearl Harbor-like event" to convince the American people to invade Iraq without any just cause.
     
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    Good grief.
     
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    Who suppressed the intelligence ? Got any facts ?
     
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    I hope the bleeding left crybabies that feel sorry for the terrorists have an explanation ready when we are attacked again.

    Dismantle the CIA because of PC, and you will destroy the USA.

    Those pooor terrorists!
     
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    I just think we are better than the terrorist and can treat people how we want to be treated. Not sure, but I read somewhere that this is a good thing to do. There is also a lot of disagreement over if our methods of torture gained us any usable or legitimate information or did they reveal Bin Laden hat size just so the waterboarding would stop.

    Wasn't there a report released that said we had warnings about 9/11 but it was taken as another idle threat? I thought Condi testified something similar to that?
     

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