Skip to comments.Panetta Gets Mixed Reaction From CIA Officials
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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Can't get a better endorsement than that. /sarc
Prolly not there to run it. Rather, tear it down.
The trial balloon was deflated within minutes.
So much for the smooth transition.
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.
“Either he’ll surprise us, or turn out to be exactly what we expect of him.”
Man, wait’ll Mitch Rapp hears about this!
This promises to be the worst appointment to head an intelligence agency since Stalin installed Nikolai Yezhov to head the NKVD.
That’s what I think. He’s a stool pigeon.
I guess the Clinton’s finally got hold of Obama’s real birth
Panetta will be welcomed with open arms by the “Valerie Plame” wing of the CIA.
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.
And I bet that Penetta gives more intel info to Hillary than to Odumbo.
With Hillary as SoS and Panetta as CIA Director, ole Slick can keep his Arab and other muslim ‘foundation donors’ well informed.
Another Clintonista. Is there a thought in Obama’s head that Bill and Hillary haven’t put there?
Makes me look forward to the morning commute ;)
And they are not accountable to the electorate .
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?
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...
The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.
“And they are not accountable to the electorate.”
And THAT is even SCARIER — not accountability.
The Clintonites are amassing an awful lot of power.
I meant that no accountability is scarier than all the power the Clintons are amassing.
And Hamas, Hisbullah, Ahmaheadjob, Putin, Hugo, etc.
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.
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”?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why not just put Putin in charge of the CIA and cut out the middle man!
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.
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.
That is a crackerjack book!
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...
I have all his books on audio. George Guidall is superb in his narration — as I commented on the review site at Itunes.