Skip to comments.Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director
Posted on 01/05/2009 11:50:52 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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.
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What a joke. Just another of the Clinton era buffoons.
Seriously? Possibly the dumbest appointment I’ve seen in my lifetime.....colossally stupid to name the former budget chief to head the most important organization in the fight against radical Islam.
This is change? More like stupid. Blind leading the blind.
We need to start thinking about suceding.
This is not a joke.
Transition official: Obama picks Leon Panetta as CIA director
and in a way, it is.
His positions included:
* Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget
* Chairman of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Domestic Marketing, Consumer Relations, and Nutrition
* Chairman of the Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel and Police
* Chairman of the Task Force on Domestic Hunger created by the U.S. House Select Committee on Hunger
* Vice Chairman of the Caucus of Vietnam-Era Veterans in Congress
* Member of the President’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies.
One little, two little, three little Clintons, four little, five little, six little Clintons . . . .
Who’s gonna ‘Save the Oceans’ if he gets this job?
More hope and change.... YEAH!
So, who’s next? Lanny Davis for National Security Adviser? Or is there already a Clinton in that post?
Can’t wait until Al Franken gets the Chairmanship of the “Intelligence Committee”, too.....we can sleep soundly now......
I doubt he’ll find much to do. Pretty much everything the CIA does is on a “need to know” basis. He doesn’t know anything, and it needs to stay that way.
The only difference with a Clinton Administration would be Obama as Secretary of State.
I think this is the proof that Obama’s birth certificate is not kosher. Since he was elected, he has had to appoint Clintonista after Clintonista. Hillary and Bill might not have officially won the election, but it sure looks like they will be governing anyway. Only one thing could cause Obama to forfeit his administration to Billary like this and it must be whatever they have on him.
Does this guy have any kind of experience in military or intelligence work at all?
Therefore, we're screwed.
Very similar to Bush 41s career prior to DCI job.
Panettas prior to becoming DCI:
Member of the House of Representatives (1976-1993)
Dir, OMB (1993)
WH, COS: (1994-1997)
Bush 41s prior to becoming DCI:
Member of the House of Representatives (1966-1970)
U.N. Amb (1971-1973)
Chrm, RNC (1973-1974)
China Envoy (1974-1975)
Heck, Hill as SoS, Bill Obama's left,, uhh.. global advanceman
Yup. just amazing.
Wait til you see his military picks.
Panetta was picked to cut the budget; just like Carter and Clinton did.
man, this admin is going to be full of fail. this is AWESOME! maybe he wont last a term.
Jimmy Carter is starting to look like “the good old days...”
i notice no intelligence positions....good fit.
And no, this photo is no hoax.
More change ;)
Wonder how many documents he will give to Sandy to shred.
change???? someone needs to tell obama what the word change means...another clintoon crony.lolol
Who’s keeping track of all of Obama’s cabinet picks? How many has he made and how many of those are Clintonistas?
Please tell me this is a joke.
CIA will be re-tasked to hunt down anyone who loves America and eliminate them.
Barry has to go back 28+ years go get a non-Clinton democrat with any gov’t experience.
So, this is change, ay? OK.
This whole administration is going to be the biggest mess we’ve ever seen.
I have told many of my liberal friends this: “You don’t things can be worse than Mr. Bush in The White House for eight years? Hah! Give it six months and we’ll talk again.”
I wonder if he will put agent lists on E-Bay? This could be fun with the entrenched lefties in the agency who had been doing no work and sucking down big payoffs.
About as qualified to be CIA director as Caroline Yaknowyaknowyaknowyaknowyaknow Kennedy is for the NY senate seat.
You can’t make this sh*t up.
This is not a good development. I suspect that other intelligence organizations are busy rolling up sensitive operatins and, basically, planning for the inevitable.
You all know that clinton is advising him on his people....Can we all say its payback time..lololol the clintons are running obamas presidency
You'd prefer Norm Mineta?
not sure, but off the top of my head, at least 3/4ths.. or so it seems..
The Dem party genepool has essentially evolved into a Clinton organism so this isn’t really a surprise to those who saw this pea and shell game for what it was... a game, bait and switch, where one side set the rules and the other side was too timid to raise heck over it... and the media was silent and complicit.
They have their friends across the aisle to thank for their “successes” to date.
You got that right. Obama is showing his total lack of leadership and what a glib piece of crap he is. Wonder what the 2/3 of Americans think of their super hero now? Wait until the rest of the trash is appointed. I will take hundreds of years, if we are still a Country, to recover what damage these sick lame nitwits will do to America.
0bama is simply paying political favors in exchange for national security.
Panetta has not a single shred of previous experience that would make him a good candidate for this position. His most most recent prediction was belonging to an anti-war group predicting defeat in Iraq, which was colossallly wrong.
This is an obscenity — this is not the time to stick some political hack in to be DCI.....
Rumor is that Obambi could not get any intel professional interested in the job, b/c who would want to be in that position during an Obambi admin. and have to deal with all of the Democrat b.s. and lack of support, etc.???
Another sign of the Apocalypse!!
At least 41 had some dealings with other nations as an UN Ambassador.
And the China Envoy was the same as an ambassadorship, which the US did not have in China at the time.
We are so screwed.....everyday goes from bad to worse....
I have read many of Tom Clancy’s books and am now reading a good book by Oliver North.
But I have no military or intelligence experience.
Maybe I too, could be qualified to run the CIA???
DON’T FORGET HIS WORK ON HOW GLOBAL WARMING IS DANGEROUS FOR OUR OCEANS!! This is his recent accomplishment!
One of the Joint Initiatives top priorities is understanding and the link between the oceans and climate change and using that knowledge to improve ocean health. In Congressional testimony  and a white paper written in July 2007, the Joint Initiative made recommendations to Congress on the most effective ways to incorporate science, management and education on ocean health into a national plan on climate change. The Joint Initiative recommended strengthening and codifying the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); establishing a National Climate Change Response Office to guide federal programs and budget policies related to climate change; and investing in scientific research and education on the connection between the oceans and climate change.