Always read, and not only read, but try to figure out if something just isn't right in a story. Always.
Obama - weak on foreign policy, shredding our relations with Britain and other allies, weakening our intelligence services
Pelosi - liar liar pants on fire, claimed CIA never briefed her, claimed CIA lied to her, claimed ... and she is a liar. CIA has the forms/signatures which are signed at briefings indicating that everything was revealed, put on the table, nothing was secret or hidden by the Bush administration - Pelosi lied. She denied she lied but the proof exists and could at any minute make its way onto the front pages. CIA (Panetta) comes out and calls her a liar, says she knew, was told ...
White House - not happy that the Speaker may be taken down by her lies, thus weakening the White House, tying up Obama's precious time with the media on matters of Democrats lying to the American people, so ...
Leon Panetta is told by Obama (someone) to spend less time attacking Democrats and more time attacking Republicans who threaten the Obamessiah worship plans. Leon then removes himself from the position as CIA director - because in that capacity he does not have a political role. His role is rather limited: relations with the White House and Congress, approach Congress for money, manage the employees in CIA and keep monitoring of other intelligence services.
HIS ROLE IS NOT political and yet Leon Panetta just jumped into the political ring ... which is what CIA SHOULD NOT AND MUST NOT DO ... because then CIA is political and no liberal wants that (Can we all say Senator Frank Church). Yet that is exactly what Obama has forced Panetta to do, to make amends for his public take-down of Pelosi.
Cheney: I Hope Panetta Was 'Misquoted' in Claiming My Wish for Attack
After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Dick Cheney says he hopes his "old friend" didn't really say those words.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Dick Cheney says he wants to know if he heard Leon Panetta correctly.
After the CIA director apparently told The New Yorker that he thinks the former vice president is crossing his fingers for another attack on America, Cheney said Monday he hopes his "old friend" didn't really say those words.
"I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted," Cheney said, in a written statement to FOX News. "The important thing is whether the Obama administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the past eight years."
Others were not quite willing to give Panetta the benefit of the doubt, as his politically charged quote stirred controversy on Capitol Hill.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on Panetta to "retract immediately" his statement, arguing that the director crossed the line.
"I disagreed with the Cheney policy on interrogation techniques, but never did it cross my mind that Dick Cheney would ever want an attack on the United States of America," the former GOP presidential candidate told FOX News Monday. "And it's unfair, and I think that Mr. Panetta should retract, and retract immediately.
"By the way, I hear morale is not at an all-time high over at the CIA under Mr. Panetta's leadership," he said.
Panetta, a long-time Washington insider with scant intelligence experience, has been caught in the middle of a political war during his first few months on the job. First, he had to deal with morale issues as President Obama cracked down on the rules for detainee interrogations. Then he stepped up to dispute House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's allegation that the CIA misled Congress about the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques.
This time, he's firing back against Cheney's frequent media appearances in which he's accused Obama of making America less safe.
According to The New Yorker, Panetta said Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the security issue.
"It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics," he said, according to the piece.
Asked about the statement, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs ducked.
"I'm not going to get into motivations. That's not what our business is. The president's concern is keeping the American people safe," Gibbs said Monday.
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