Skip to comments.Leon Panetta clears Senate 100-0
Posted on 06/21/2011 2:50:15 PM PDT by Hawk720
With little fanfare or controversy, the Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Leon Panetta as the next Defense secretary as a debate rages in Washington over the cost and scope of military operations abroad.
Panetta, President Barack Obamas CIA director, succeeds Robert Gates, who has led the Pentagon since late 2006 and is retiring at the end of the month.
Panettas confirmation comes just a day before Obamas major address on the Afghanistan war in which he is expected to announce hell withdraw all 33,000 surge troops from the region by the end of 2012. In addition to the troop drawdown, Panetta will have to contend with lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are seeking to restrict Obamas military operations in Libya.
The 100-0 vote revealed how well respected Panetta is on both sides of the aisle. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called it a home-run choice, saying the president made a very wise decision.
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Big Commie; big mistake. 2012 can’t come soon enough.
100-0!? Nobody opted out for this communist? Anybody know why this happened?
When the entire senate votes for a known Communist sympathizer it is going to take more than an election to straighten this nation out.IMHO
not 1 nay?
Get real. Panetta was the very best we were going to get. He pleasantly surprised at CIA.
Oh isn’t it great? This guy has extensive communist ties.
If this doesn’t prove that ‘they’ are all behind crashing our country I don’t know what else does.
THESE BASTARDS, REPUBLICANS INCLUDED, are crashing us INTENTIONALLY.
Please forgive my language.
BUT BUT BUT... Rand Paul just as big a FLAKE as his daddy!
He appears to be much better than his boss. That might not be saying a lot, given Obama, but in this radical left administration Leon Panetta stands out as more like an old school Democrat.
Is there something in the Senate drinking fountains that dissolves GOP backbone?
When you have been relented to a barrage of Stalins, Zinovievs and Trotskys, a Bukharin might look pretty good.
Does our Repub Leadership read anything besides their own PR releases?
Can there be anymore doubt about how bad this is.
True. Hardly anyone understands the extent of our betrayal or the depth of the corruption of our alleged representatives. Feweer still care to contemplate the fire and blood necessary to reclaim and restore our Republic.
Well respected he may be and I make no value judgment on that but ... were there hearings? was there any attempt to solicit his views on the MANY kinetic actions we have under way? on DADT? on downsizing the military? WAS THERE ANY ATTEMPT TO GET AN IDEA OF WTF IS GOING ON IN LIBYA by using the lever of this nomination?
He stood up for the CIA interrogators that Holder wants to pursue as criminals.
I think this vote is based on what Republicans in DC think of Panetta’s performance at CIA.
If you have a working cell in your brain, you wouldn’t attack the best Obama’s administration has offered up. You save your fire for the ones that are so unspeakably horrible and believe me, they are legion. Recently we stopped a judicial appointment with a judicial filibuster in the Senate...an unheard of step by Republicans. This was a very young, radical leftist judge who was being fast tracked to the Supreme Court.
What’s with your type? Do you live in a time warp? Panetta has been around for years and years and years, then he was confirmed as, and has served as, the CIA director. To act like this is some new thing and that he’s not a known quantity in high office, is just ridiculous.
No, I wouldn’t have picked him for any jobs, but I’m a conservative Republican. We’re fortunate someone no worse than Panetta is placed in these top security posts, until we can get rid of this administration.
“Anybody know why this happened?”
Runner up was Van Jones?
This should tell you what side our government is on. Hint: It’s not ours.