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By Kim Miller - Posted on 05 January 2009
News story from Bloomberg.com.
A few quotes from articles mentioning Leon Panetta.
Lee Hamilton in The New York Times: "He will bring a wealth of knowledge of the government to the C.I.A. post and an outside perspective that I think might be helpful at this juncture in the C.I.A.’s history"
Huffington Post: "It's a mark, among other things, of the desire to make a clean break with the Bush Administration's interrogation policies, and the difficulty of finding an insider not implicated".
Marc Ambrinder in The Atlantic: "Torture is the flashiest way to frame Barack Obama's selection of Leon Panetta to helm the CIA, but that's the starting point for analysis. It's been a given, ever since Obama decided not to select John Brennan, that the next CIA director would oppose the specific "enhanced interrogation methods" and that he would represent a philosophical break with the Bush Administration. Torture is out".
I also read somwhere that Bush 41 had no intelligence experience when he became CIA Director...And he is supposedely considered one of the best.
This is a very"outside the box" pick. Coupled with Blair, The Intelligence community is in for a shake up.
I Like it...I like it a lot.
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible... ...who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
Panetta in his own words...maybe our PE knows something we don't.
How did we transform from champions of human dignity and individual rights into a nation of armchair torturers? One word: fear. Fear is blinding, hateful, and vengeful. It makes the end justify the means. And why not? If torture can stop the next terrorist attack, the next suicide bomber, then what's wrong with a little waterboarding or electric shock? The simple answer is the rule of law. Our Constitution defines the rules that guide our nation
More unhappy Dem's? I must say i was surprised, even confused, by the pick but it's really growing on me. Maybe some of these critical Dem's know he will really shake things up and they fear that as much as some Republicans. Maybe it's because he is a former Republican? Maybe they had another person in mind and are mad he/she was passed over? I'm not sure but change is sure coming to Washington...
From NBC's Abby Livingston
An aide to current Chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, tells NBC News that while the senator has tremendous respect for Leon Panetta,
the aide said he believes the CIA director should go to someone who has
significant intelligence experience and someone from outside the
political world of Washington D.C.
Like incoming Senate intelligence chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, the aide added Rockefeller was not contacted either about Panetta's appointment.
And there's no sense crying over every mistakeYou just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake.
Dianne Feinstein, said Wednesday she intends to support Obama's choice for CIA chief, Leon Panetta, despite earlier comments that she had reservations about the choice.
I'll be glad when this woman gets over herself.
Heh! So True.
Last I heard she wanted to be the next governor of the Golden State.
Personally, I can't see her getting out of the primaries, though.
Yes America Can! Yes America Did!
As far as I am concerned Feinstein drop the ball when she let GWB get away with so much...
In any case if the democrats are piised BO must be doing something right.
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