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Monday, January 05, 2009

We're Doomed - Panetta at CIA

Barry Obamessiah has apparently selected Leon "Monica Worked For Me" Panetta as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

January 5, 2009, 2:30 pm

Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director
By Carl Hulse AND Mark Mazzetti

President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods he decried as torture, Democratic officials said Monday.

Mr. Panetta has a reputation in Washington as a competent manager with strong background in budget issues, but has little hands-on intelligence experience. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take control of the agency most directly responsible for hunting senior Al Qaeda leaders around the globe, but one that has been buffeted since the Sept. 11 attacks by leadership changes and morale problems.
And there certainly weren't any issues before the 9/11 attacks.... the CIA was always on top of its game, what with being surprised by how far advanced Iraq's nuclear, chemical, and biological programs had advanced after the first gulf war.
Given his background, Mr. Panetta is a somewhat unusual choice to lead the C.I.A., an agency that has been unwelcoming to previous directors perceived as outsiders, such as Stansfield M. Turner and John M. Deutch. But his selection points up the difficulty Mr. Obama had in finding a C.I.A. director with no connection to controversial counterterrorism programs of the Bush era.
"Unusual choice" is an apt desription; I would prefer "ridiculous choice," but I don't write for the Times.

This paragraph provides two other relevent points:
  1. The CIA doesn't like folks who aren't familiar with the CIA...
  2. Obama had to make this ridiculous selection because of the box he & the Democrats painted themselves in over FISA, etc. It's good to know that the next terrorist attack will likely be successful because Obama wanted to placate the moonbats in his political base instead of selecting someone who knew what they were doing.
It all comes down to placating the moonbats.
Aides have said Mr. Obama had originally hoped to select a C.I.A. head with extensive field experience, especially in combating terrorist networks. But his first choice for the job, John O. Brennan, had to withdraw his name amidst criticism over his role in the formation of the C.I.A’s detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Obama: I really like this guy Brennan... he knows his stuff. He won't disappoint me and will keep up the fight against terrorist networks. Let's go with him.

Adviser: Umm, Mr. President? San Franciscans under the age of 75 and the Film Actors Guild think that anyone who's even thought about detaining or interrogating terrorists is unqualified to be your CIA Director...

It's unfortunate, but they really swooned for that Hope & Change stuff.

Obama: Yeah, good point. Hope & Change.... Hope & Change... What's Bill Clinton's former Chief of Staff ....ummm, what's his name? Leon... Leon Panetta! What's he doing?

Adviser: Isn't he starting up some half-baked, "non-partisan" institute?

Obama: Get him on the phone... I think we found our CIA Director, people!!!
Members of Mr. Obama’s transition also raised concerns about other candidates, even some Democratic lawmakers with intelligence experience. Representative Jane Harman of California, formerly the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was considered for the job, but she was ruled out as a candidate in part because of her early support for some Bush administration programs like the domestic eavesdropping program.
Obama Adviser: But sir!!! We can't pick someone with actual intelligence experience!!! They've got to bring absolutely nothing to the table in regards to intelligence. It's what the 20-45 demo in Chicago & New York are demanding!!!

Obama: But Jane Harman is qualified, damnit!!!

Obama Adviser: Mr. President-elect... she supported the FISA program. I don't have to remind you what Markos will say if he were nominated.

Obama: All of the democratic leadership supported FISA, detentions at Guantanamo, and terrorist interrogations!!!! How in the hell am I supposed to staff a administration when I can't pick the most qualified people?!?

Obama Adviser: Sir, we do have the media to provide cover.

Obama: fine, let's go with Panetta. He gives good interview.
In disclosing the pick, officials pointed to Mr. Panetta’s sharp managerial skills, his strong bipartisan standing on Capitol Hill, his significant foreign policy experience in the White House and his service on the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel that examined the war and made recommendations on United States policy. The officials noted that he had a handle on intelligence spending from his days as director of the Office and Management and Budget.
This will be great... nothing the field agents like more than having some accountant who tried to slash their budget leading them!

And how are those Iraq Study Group recommendations going? That was such a huge success!!! Although it's difficult to say, since Bush decided to go with the Surge instead of begging the Iranians to play nice.

It's really sad... I just hope this won't end up in yet another CIA embarrassment when there's a mushroom cloud over one of our cities.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler