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.
Very wise words from both of you. The Killers Without Conscience continue the long march through the institutions of our country.
Of course the Pubbies voted for him!
The Dems are Left-wing Leftists and the Pubbies are Right-wing Leftists.
A Leftist by any other name is still a Leftist whether they have a D or an R after their name.
Panetta and Gates are both foreign policy realists. In fact, they both served on the Iraq Study Group.
You have got to be Sh1++1n’ me . . .
Being a Socialist, Communist don’t mean anything anymore! Personally I would like to throw them in Jail!
100-0, I cant get 100 people to say waters wet, somethings fishy here
The fact that Sen. Graham said something is not the sign of anything.
All he did was use the unanimous vote to make a point that was obviously true. If Panetta were not respected on both sides of the aisle, he would not have won unanimously. It was the vote that proves the point. Graham’s comment was meaningless in evaluating opinion about Leon Panetta.
Take his comment out of it. There are some fine Republican Senators who voted for Panetta. Jeff Sessions, Tom Coburn, Jim DeMent, James Inhoff, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and I could go on...
I’m not saying their votes prove anything on Panetta, other than that they believed he was an appropriate pick.
Think about it. So many voted for him, what difference does it make what one dim bulb named Graham said about it?
Cogent reply, thanks. People need to remember that the tea Party is not just something going on out in Flyover Country. There is a sea-change going on in D.C. that has the various political factions going to the mattresses. So these days more than ever before, interpreting events means perceiving functional factions, not outward labels.
And there's one more thing. Everyone wants Obama impeached or defeated. but who do you think is waiting in the wings, like a snake in the grass? Hillary, that's who. So interpret things at least at two levels if you want to see what's going on - the Obama level, and then underneath, the Hillary level. Once both are considered, THEN look at the exterior events and ask yourself what they could mean, for and against these factions.
Otherwise you won't have a clue.
Panetta has a lovable face, like a basset hound.
You are an ass and a dense one at that. Oh, so Panetta is the best that this administration can offer...with his communist ties? And you are ok with that? Geez no freaking wonder we are in trouble!! Asses like you are just ok with someone that has communist ties. Unbelievable. Honest to God I see now why the country is going down in flames.
And I’m suppose to be satisified and not raise hell because why again? Panetta is communist lite? Do your research dumbass.
Guess you like Romney too and anyone who is ‘moderate’. Wake up stupid.
If YOU had a brain cell in YOUR head, you would be livid over this.
How is it you have slipped by FR being a Romney supporter and a moderate?
When the crash of the United States of America happens, pat yourself on the back because you voted for those that were the best out of shitty choices. Good for you lowlife.
Panetta is a liberal Rat, you fight liberal Rats every step of the way.
Are we going to fight to save this country from liberal Rats are not?
It's that simple with me right now and the hell with our fine Republican Senators who don't see that.
And the current administration just gets worse and worse. And America continues its slide into the cesspool of disaster.
I agree. Would we rather see Obama pull Ron Dellums or Pat Schroeder out of retirement for this? Panetta is the best we`re going to see for SecDef from this administration.
Panetta is an old Republican.
Yep. He’s the best of the worst. And there’s much worse out there. At least he can pull the trigger.
I'm sick and tired of it all. The only way we are going to right this ship is by physical force. God help us
Not to mention he is a Clinton guy and he ran the CIA.
Who knows what he knows.
With this kind of acclamation in this atmosphere, one has to ask, is it what Panetta has on the Senate or what the GOP has on Panetta?
At least I see you get it. What is a “communist” these days? Isn’t the word “GLOBALIST” These criminals are new world order...globalists following agenda 21. Time to get out of the dem/rep paradiegm folks! Rep or dem is all the same. How many elections going back and forth and no changes in the direction of this country will it take for you to wake up? They are all working together to further erode our nation, in order to carry out the globalist agenda. They have stolen trillions of our money,and have created a police state in order to keep us in line.
Backbone? GOP? What are you talking about?
Communist, fascist, leftist and other labels are just variations on the theme of statism or collectivism where the group stands above the individual.
The senate approves of communists 100 to 0. How unexpected.
The journey down the 1.5 gallon federally mandated crapper is accelerating.
Flush flush flush. Tick tock.
There is no real Republicans in the Senate.
I think the GOP caucus looked at Leon and asked themselves, “If we block him, keeping in mind who’s appointing him, could it get any worse?”. And answered themselves, “YES IT CAN!”
No need to get snippy with me. I fully understand the gravity of the situation. If I didn’t try to make light of things at times, I’d probably try to go out in a blaze of glory.
I’m sorry tc.