June 15, 2009

A Bit Of Background On the Post Below

More in depth coverage from antiwar.com... Youhave to wonder whether this guy (and hence Obama) really has any idea at all what's going on inside the CIA.

Leon Panetta and the C.I.A.: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
Since January, the C.I.A. has become the focus of almost daily struggle, as Obama attempts to restore the rule of law in America’s fight against terrorism without sacrificing safety or losing the support of conservative Democratic and independent voters. So far, he has insisted on trying to recalibrate the agency’s policies without investigating past mistakes or holding anyone responsible for them. Caught in the middle is Panetta, who is seventy years old and has virtually no experience in the intelligence field. Indeed, his credentials for running the world’s foremost spy agency are so unlikely that when John Podesta, the head of Obama’s transition team, asked him to take the job he responded, “Are you sure?” Podesta assured Panetta that his outsider status was actually an advantage: “He said, ‘You don’t carry the scars of the past eight years. Besides, the President wants somebody who will talk straight to him on these issues.’ ”

If anyone is still reading this blog, you should read this article. Or go read Glenn Greenwald...

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