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Panetta Gets Mixed Reaction From CIA Officials
ABC News ^ | Jan. 6, 2009 | LUIS MARTINEZ

Posted on 01/06/2009 6:12:52 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh

Leon Panetta, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to head the CIA, could be "a fabulous choice" to lead the agency or a nominee who is inexperienced with intelligence matters and will have a chilling effect on the agency, according to top former CIA officials.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhocia; cia; leonpanetta; obama; obamaregime; obamatransitionfile; panetta
Panetta was also praised by ex-CIA director George Tenet, according to a former intelligence official familiar with the views of the former CIA chief. The official said Tenet "believes Panetta is an excellent nomination."

Can't get a better endorsement than that. /sarc

1 posted on 01/06/2009 6:12:53 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Prolly not there to run it. Rather, tear it down.


2 posted on 01/06/2009 6:15:29 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Malone LaVeigh

The trial balloon was deflated within minutes.

So much for the smooth transition.


3 posted on 01/06/2009 6:15:56 AM PST by Carley
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Panetta will do whatever Bubba says...This IS the 3rd Bubba presidency.

Hillary must love her new position...All top secret!! The public will never know a gosh darn thing...except what they want to put out.

4 posted on 01/06/2009 6:16:00 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

“Either he’ll surprise us, or turn out to be exactly what we expect of him.”


5 posted on 01/06/2009 6:16:13 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: ryan71

Man, wait’ll Mitch Rapp hears about this!


6 posted on 01/06/2009 6:16:47 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: Malone LaVeigh

This promises to be the worst appointment to head an intelligence agency since Stalin installed Nikolai Yezhov to head the NKVD.


7 posted on 01/06/2009 6:18:24 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: ryan71

That’s what I think. He’s a stool pigeon.


8 posted on 01/06/2009 6:19:22 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Sacajaweau

I guess the Clinton’s finally got hold of Obama’s real birth
certificate?


9 posted on 01/06/2009 6:22:29 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Panetta will be welcomed with open arms by the “Valerie Plame” wing of the CIA.


10 posted on 01/06/2009 6:23:03 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Malone LaVeigh
My guess is most in the CIA will bite their tongues until bloody rather than risk dismissal for criticizing this fool.
11 posted on 01/06/2009 6:24:27 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Resist the Obamination!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Hillary must love her new position...All top secret!! The public will never know a gosh darn thing...except what they want to put out.

Just like her first two terms as Shadow President. She had an office in the same wing as the President, and ran things while Slick was off not having sex.

12 posted on 01/06/2009 6:24:57 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Malone LaVeigh
The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.

Scary.

13 posted on 01/06/2009 6:25:59 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: Sacajaweau

And I bet that Penetta gives more intel info to Hillary than to Odumbo.


14 posted on 01/06/2009 6:27:09 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

With Hillary as SoS and Panetta as CIA Director, ole Slick can keep his Arab and other muslim ‘foundation donors’ well informed.


15 posted on 01/06/2009 6:27:46 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Another Clintonista. Is there a thought in Obama’s head that Bill and Hillary haven’t put there?


16 posted on 01/06/2009 6:28:09 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Go, Sonics! And take the Seahawks with you.)
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To: RexBeach
I'm reading (actually listening to) Extreme Measures now.

Makes me look forward to the morning commute ;)

17 posted on 01/06/2009 6:30:20 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (DR #1692)
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To: varon
“The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.
Scary.”

And they are not accountable to the electorate .

18 posted on 01/06/2009 6:32:51 AM PST by Chgogal (Don't look at me. You elected them, Comrade!)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Leon Panetta was White House Chief of Staff while an intern was alone in the Oval Office showing her thong to the President of the United States. Can someone honestly tell me he didn’t know about that at the time? If not, why is he not too much the bungling nitwit to run CIA?


19 posted on 01/06/2009 6:37:21 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: varon
The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.

Just wait until Obama crosses them on something, they the stuff will hit the fan. It'll happen after the opening scripted plays are through. Give it 6 to 9 months...

20 posted on 01/06/2009 6:40:30 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Chgogal

“The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.
Scary.”

“And they are not accountable to the electorate.”

And THAT is even SCARIER — not accountability.


21 posted on 01/06/2009 6:40:39 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: LottieDah

“The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.
Scary.”

I meant that no accountability is scarier than all the power the Clintons are amassing.


22 posted on 01/06/2009 6:43:22 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Army Air Corps
And I bet that Penetta gives more intel info to Hillary than to Odumbo.

And Hamas, Hisbullah, Ahmaheadjob, Putin, Hugo, etc.

23 posted on 01/06/2009 6:43:28 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

You forgot about Stansfield Turner. He set out to destroy the CIA. Panetta’s job is to make sure it tows the liberal line, which should not be all that difficult.


24 posted on 01/06/2009 6:59:58 AM PST by neocon1984
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To: Malone LaVeigh

The CIA was formed post- World War II in reponse to the growing concerns regarding the USSR and its KGB. There were many organizations in the U.S. that were front groups for the Kremlin (e.g. The National Lawyer’s Guild ). Another one of these was the Institute for Policy Studies. Leon Panetta was included on the masthead of this front group even while he worked in the White House. So now we’ll have the head of the CIA who supports the policies of the Soviet KGB. Can you say “full circle”?


25 posted on 01/06/2009 7:02:51 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Malone LaVeigh

One good thing about this is that the msm is taking the Panetta appointment seriously so it won’t be easy for the One to back out.


26 posted on 01/06/2009 7:09:49 AM PST by Carley
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To: RexBeach

Mitch Rapp? That is VERY “inside baseball,” even for FreeRepublic. But he could live with it - the information just wouldn’t make its way up the food chain. But . . . I do wonder how this post-Bush dispensation will influence his portrayal and future books.


27 posted on 01/06/2009 7:14:50 AM PST by Zechariah11
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To: ryan71

Could the agency get any worse? I don’t mean to be so critical or sweeping in comment but, the company does not have a very good track record in a lot of areas.

Einstein once said, “You cannot get out of a situation with the same mindset that got you into it in the first place.”

Simply moving “experienced” people into their “peter-principal” will not improve anything there so maybe a new face will make a difference. I am no fan of Panetta’s but, we Americans need a vast makeover of government and something different needs to be done.

I am going to wait on this appointment and give him a chance.


28 posted on 01/06/2009 7:16:45 AM PST by edcoil (Looking for a new tagline - do you have one I can use?)
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To: Zechariah11

I could imagine Mitch rushing into Panetta’s office and slapping him silly, then telling the Director that Mitch will do what he has to do to protect America...even if Panetta won’t.


29 posted on 01/06/2009 7:30:48 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Why not just put Putin in charge of the CIA and cut out the middle man!


30 posted on 01/06/2009 7:41:25 AM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

what suprises me is the ones that think he is good choice. could it be that they know they can bluff him? I dont think that is it. heres what needs to happen. do not approve him and fire the agents that think he is good choice.


31 posted on 01/06/2009 8:19:58 AM PST by 09Patriot (I am a MILITANT Conservative, compassionate conservatism got us NOWHERE)
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To: RexBeach
I could imagine Mitch rushing into Panetta’s office and slapping him silly, then telling the Director that Mitch will do what he has to do to protect America...even if Panetta won’t.

Yeah, but Mitch is not quite that obvious in Washington. He holds back a bit around the politicos. Which reminds me, I haven't yet finished Extreme Measures.

32 posted on 01/06/2009 11:27:51 AM PST by Zechariah11
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To: Zechariah11

That is a crackerjack book!


33 posted on 01/06/2009 11:48:24 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: Malone LaVeigh

The smokestacks are really on fire, computers are purged, dead drops changed, files ....files...files...and Panetta at the helm, let’s all smoke one incinerator full of the good stuff for Bubba and Abu Hussein, Inspector Clousseau has just hit the head office...


34 posted on 01/06/2009 2:07:29 PM PST by Karliner (Golda Meir: “The wars will stop when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate us.")
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To: RexBeach

I have all his books on audio. George Guidall is superb in his narration — as I commented on the review site at Itunes.


35 posted on 01/06/2009 2:51:04 PM PST by Zechariah11
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