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Wanted: CIA Chief: No Experience Necessary

Leon Panetta for Head of the CIA?

That's like picking a doctor to represent you as your lawyer. Or picking Hillary Clinton to be in charge of enacting National Health care reform.

Panetta may be a smart man with admirable capabilities, but he has not the required background knowledge to run the most important intelligence gathering entity in the country.

This is no time to experiment with management skills for the best spy agency we have. Not now, not ever.

The reasoning behind this pick is that he will be adept at communicating with Congress about intelligence issues.

That's not the purpose of this position.

The sole purpose should be to protect the interests of the US.

Panetta is a staunch criticizer of the interrogation techniques used under the Bush administration. Thus, Obama is throwing a bone to the left with this pick, ensuring that these techniques (which have worked for 7 and a half years) will be changed..

The Obama team didn't even ask or brief Senator Diane Feinstein, the (God help us) new Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee (a true oxymoron), about this. And she is against the pick.

"My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time", she said.

Newsflash: Hell hath froze over. I actually agree with DiFi.

Eric Holder, Bill Richardson, and now this.

The bloom is coming off the rose for Obama. And there's going to be plenty more petals to loose.

Bush had Harriet Miers. Obama has this. Let's see if the media rips him to shreds.


Note: Damn.. I just realized that Mike touched on this in his last piece. Sorry, Mike. I'll leave this up though, so the trolls can rip my proofreading.


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Comments (12)

No problem Shawn. The trol... (Below threshold)
Mike:

No problem Shawn. The trolls have already commenced their assault on my post. :-)

"That's like picking a d... (Below threshold)
George Author Profile Page:

"That's like picking a doctor to represent you as your lawyer.

It's worse. It's like picking a lawyer to be your doctor.

"Let's see if the media rip... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Let's see if the media rips him to shreds."

Not hardly, they'll be asking for a bailout shortly.

"It's worse. It's like p... (Below threshold)
John S:

"It's worse. It's like picking a lawyer to be your doctor."

Or electing Barak Obama as president. No experience necessary, apparantly.

Obamalala is paying back th... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Obamalala is paying back the wacko left with this appointment. No coercion of terrorist of any kind. No wire tapping of suspected terrorists outside or inside the country. Full Geneva conventions rights for terrorists captured. Close Gitmo and bring them into the U.S prison system. America needs to be paid back for being so wrong for the last eight years. Anyone associated with the CIA must be purged. blah blah blah la la la la la la.......

> This is no time to exp... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

> This is no time to experiment with management skills for the best worst spy agency we have.

Fixed that typo for ya.

Seriously, although I'd like to see somebody with an intel background running the CIA, it's even more important to FIX the CIA. And that takes a cutthroat manager.

"Obamalala" - ding dong.</p... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

"Obamalala" - ding dong.

Sorry, I couldn't help it.

I'll refrain from being a c... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I'll refrain from being a critic of your use of the word "criticizer", Shawn.
Panetta may not have the experience you think necessary, sir, but he did serve in an intelligence unit as an Army officer during Vietnam, served nine terms in Congress if I'm not mistaken, managed the GAO, served as WH Chief of Staff, and served on the Baker Commission, aka Iraq Study Group. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't he on the 9/11 Commission also? I'm honestly not sure of that one.
Now, that resume may be a little thin to your liking, Shawn, but you ain't hiring. We elected a President to nominate these appointees, and they have to be confirmed by Congress. I'll bet you Panetta gets very little trouble from GOP members in his confirmation hearings.

b henry - "Panetta may ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

b henry - "Panetta may not have the experience you think necessary, sir, but he did serve in an intelligence unit as an Army officer during Vietnam, served nine terms in Congress if I'm not mistaken, managed the GAO, served as WH Chief of Staff, and served on the Baker Commission, aka Iraq Study Group."

And so?

Each of those positions, while important in their own way, are all as a consumer of intel data.

Being in charge of the CIA and overseeing the production, analysis and quality of an intel assessments is a far different matter.

As yes, Panetta was a member of the ISG.

Bruce,Look it up. ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Bruce,

Look it up. It is an actual word.

Shawn... that may not be en... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Shawn... that may not be enough for "bruce," he may have the need to be shown the way.

Mea culpa, Mallow. Clumsy p... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Mea culpa, Mallow. Clumsy prose, perhaps, but "criticizer" is indeed an actual word.

But for the rest of my comment, was that substancey enough for you?

Yes, I know "substancey" isn't an actual word.




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