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Obama Picks Leon Panetta To Head CIA!

From Fox News:

Leon Panetta Tapped to Head CIA

Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff Leon Panetta has been tapped to head the CIA in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, causing surprise and a bit of consternation by several individuals involved in the intelligence community.

Two Democratic sources close to the transition process said Monday that Panetta, who was a congressman and one-time head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, is Obama’s pick to replace Michael Hayden at the CIA…

Panetta is a surprise pick since he has no experience in the intelligence world. However, as chief of staff he had considerable access to intelligence information and knows how the community operates.

Panetta was a longtime congressman from California who also served on the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that released a report at the end of 2006 with dozens of recommendations for reversing course in the Iraq war.

Taken by surprise was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., incoming chairwoman of the Select Senate Intelligence Committee.

"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA director. I know nothing about this, other than what I’ve read. My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time," Feinstein said in a written statement.

Based on a handful of conversations among those linked to the intelligence community, Panetta’s name was not on any of the watch lists circulating in Washington…

They also noted that since Panetta served as chief of staff for Clinton, he will surely face questions about the Clinton administration terror policy and what critics saw as "dropping the ball" in the 1990s

We held off on posting this because we were hoping it was some kind of a hoax. But it has been confirmed.

This is easily one of the most bizarre cabinet picks in our Republic’s long history. And certainly one of its most dangerous.

Mr. Panetta would be better suited to head Code Pink than the CIA.

God help us all.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “Obama Picks Leon Panetta To Head CIA!”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Is this the same Leon Panetta who did not know that his boss was screwing the hired help?

  2. proreason says:

    Obamy prefers appointees who are as unqualified as himself.

    All the faster to destroy the republic and usher in the new age of socialism.

  3. GuppyNblue says:

    I think we’ve reached absolute ridiculous. We haven’t even started the Obamanation era and already we can write off any honest intelligence administration. With nuclear proliferation and terrorism at a peak this was just the right time to finish the politicization of the CIA.

  4. WhySoSerious says:

    In situations such as this, no matter how many times you tell yourself it will be bad you still aren’t quite prepared.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    The first question that comes to mind is…Why? Why him? Oh brother…..

    • JohnMG says:

      Because Obama isn’t really in charge, that’s why!

      Whoever is calling the shots is the one pulling this puppet’s strings. As little as I regard Obama’s intelligence, I believe even he wouldn’t be dumb enough to do this on his own. As 1st says, if Panetta was too ignorant to know his former boss was diddling the hired help, he’s the perfect foil.

      At any rate, this whole scenario defies logic.

  6. pdsand says:

    Leon Panetta’s the next head of the CIA?!?! Next thing you know, Barney Frank will be the chairman of the committee to oversee banking and finance, and then what’s next? The most strident anti-Iraq war senator will be the commander in chief? Well we’re lucky it’s not as bad as all that! Wait, oh CRAP!
    Just tell me there aren’t going to be any long-time SNL writers getting elected to the U.S. Senate and everything will be OK.

  7. VMAN says:

    Oh for the good old days when the Company wacked foreign leaders and set up puppet governments sympathetic to the USA. Those were the days my friends. So what now? I guess the agency will play patty cakes with the scum of the world. Maybe they will just say oh please, oh please, oh please like us. This Obuma is truly an idiot or is he. Either way we get screwed!!!

  8. Landshark says:

    Shows you what obama thinks of the CIA.

    It is now an analysis branch of the State Department.

    He’ll shut down NSA and NRO, too. FBI will be forced to avoid vote fraud, terrorism (especially domestic) and drugs and concentrate on white-collar (i.e capitalist) fraud.

    DEA will be ordered to attend a lot of sensitivity training and the WOD is pretty much over.

    The only law enforcement group that’s going to grow or have more to do is ATF and it’ll be ALL about the “F”, trust me.

  9. beefeater says:

    Perfect! Looks like we now have the entire Clinton administration back.

    One and done Zero.

  10. Media_man says:

    Was Jamie Gorelick too busy spending her Fan/Fred loot to take the job?

    If half of what I read is true, the CIA doesn’t do anything anyway. Anything useful they were created for was ended with Jimmy Carter.

    During the GWB years their sole purpose was to elect John Kerry or to otherwise discredit the White House.

    Just another worthless D.C. alphabet soup department shuffling paper, creating jobs for liberal hacks.

  11. bill says:

    Obama doesn’t want anyone who is more qualified than he is, so, you get what you get.

    Reject Obammunism.

  12. scottw says:

    That middle name is making me squirm again.

  13. Colonel1961 says:

    Couldn’t agree more about the possibility of the announcement being a hoax. Again, WTF? This is not the Boy Scouts and on-the-job-training is unthinkable. Putin must be laughing his ass off…

  14. Right2thepoint says:

    He only had a very short time in the service in the intel section of the military.

    He is not going to be alone. Dennis Blair was announced as head of DNI.

    Also the four members in the Justice Dept announced today , the common thread is to distance his administration from ‘enhanced interrorgation’.

    A high cost to pay for trying to make political points.

  15. NC Cop says:

    Come on, what’s the big deal!!! The entire world is going to love us on January 20th anyway!!

    We don’t even NEED a CIA!!!

    Dear God, somebody wake me up from this nightmare, I don’t think I can take it for 4 years.

    • HULAgate says:

      The positive power of Obama’s chat show personality in bringing peace to the world this week has only strengthened his inner Woodrow Wilson, even as Jewish children and Iraqi mothers are targeted by Iran’s mercenaries and GE’s nightly news readers.

      Mind you, he’s a very busy thin man, what with placating the union bosses in Chicago, or the tenured Ivy thought police, or the SDS vote magician’s in Minnetonka.

      The MSM spent more Time today covering his kids going off to pacifist school, than they did the dour news of all the ex-Clixon appointments to our national defense and justice structures.

      When field ops and combat officers start to resign in protest, where will he go for replacements, The One must soon wonder.

      Oh well.


  16. proreason says:

    MSM is reporting 70% are pleased with the Obamy Transition.

  17. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Just wait. Next we’ll see the nomination of Sandy Berger, with his pants stuffed with highly classified documents. Like a bunch of bad relatives who suddenly show up at your doorstep after being years away, so is this bunch of former Clinton cronies. This is one sequel America can do without.

    • HULAgate says:

      Senator Skippy is stuffing DOJ and Defense with the EXACT same Clixon regime change lib dreg geniuses that brought you…

      = WACO
      = WTC 1
      = SOMALIA
      = RWANDA
      = PARDONS

      Some change, that one.

      Move On indeed.

  18. Gila Monster says:

    Panetta as CIA chief , what the h*ll; is this the Clinton Admin Part III Remix ..??

    What’s next, Cynthia McKinney as FBI Director? ;o)

  19. HULAgate says:

    When do they bring back Sanford Burglar to finish shredding the Lieberry archives?

  20. artboyusa says:

    Just when you thought the CIA couldn’t be more useless, they find this guy…

  21. artpa says:

    CIA chief Panetta? I think the agency will either have to drop the “I” or change their name to KGB.
    Whoopi, Oprah, and Monica are the next appointments. Can I get a medically induced 4 year coma, please!

    • HULAgate says:

      The dems are in their typical 2-year election cycle, and won’t be bothered with the trivia of national security and proper projection of American and allied power.

      After all, that IS what dems do.

      Oh well.


    • proreason says:

      HULAgate. Where have you been all our lives?

      Stay in touch.

  22. Liberals Demise says:

    We just built up our intell team after the Clintorn years and the puke for change wants a Sodomite Clintorn YES MAN in there driving it back to the Stone Age again? All I can say from here on in is “Prepare for hell to be unleashed on America!!” These bastards will open the flood gates to the Islamic Jihadist for open warfare in our streets!! This ain’t funny anymore……this is our lives they are tampering with. IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT ELECT

    • HULAgate says:

      Barry Obama’s a certifiable grad of the Blame America 1st school of non-thinking, with the same or worse lack of foresight as Carter, Vance, Church, and Christopher — that simply insisted on gutting CIA field ops, in their kneejerkovski response to Nixon’s personal paranoia.

      He’s got the fat version of LBJ lieterally stealing an election in St. Pauli Girl (the University of Gophers IS an SDS shiite hole comparable to Radison, WI), his old union thug buddies up to their usual tricks in the Loop, Korean appeasement expert Richardson about to be indicted by the feds, Gazite funds galore from the most illegally monied campaign in U.S. history, and a somewhat proud spousal unit that just discovered the 57 American states last year.

      This bunch of bozi will make the Carter years look competent.

      Allah help us all, because the power-at-all-costs DNC sure as hell won’t.

  23. TickTock says:

    If the choice of Panetta wasn’t so dangerous this would be laughable. I agree that Obama is simply a manufactured puppet of Soros, Inc. Even Al Qaida recognizes this, referring to him as “…the house-slave, Obama”.

    The only redeeming outcome of this election will be the swift demise of liberalism in America.
    Bush kept us safe. Unfortunately the next terror attack on our nation will come under Obama’s Nap. The investigation will be handled by the DOJ. Panels will be formed, and papers will be written, but there will be no action taken.

    It just wouldn’t be prudent to anger moslems. As punishment, they will be offered free air-fare anywhere in the world…

  24. artboyusa says:

    COLT LUGER, CIA Master Spy, stars in “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss”!

    Colt Luger peered into the mirror as he brushed his thick, Peter Graves-like hair and checked the cleft in his granite-like chin for lint.

    “Gotta look sharp” he muttered. “Meeting the new Director Designate today”.

    Colt put a cupped hand to his mouth and huffed into it. Breath seems okay, he thought. Now, let’s see; what’s the new guy’s name? Leon…something. Trotsky? No, Leon Panetta – that’s it.

    Funny kind of name, mused Colt. Sounds Swedish…
    “Hello, Mr Panetta. Welcome to Langley! I’m Agent Colt Luger; I’ll be showing you around today and answering any questions you might have”.

    “Thank you, Agent Lobo. It’s nice to be here. It’ll certainly help my nomination if I can tell Congress that I’ve actually met some, you know, spies and stuff…”

    “I’m sure it will, sir. Did you have any trouble finding our top secret facility?”

    “No, it was right there in the Yellow Pages”.

    “And on Google Earth too. Well, sir the building we’re in now was designed after the war by a German architect – Albert something or other. He sure liked marble and gold!”

    “He certainly did. And this is the Agency’s seal, set into the floor?”

    “That’s right, sir. Nice eagle, huh? And there’s our motto: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’”.

    “I thought it was ‘And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free’”.

    “Um, maybe. I’ll have to get back to you on that one. Anyway, sir if I may direct your attention over here. This is what we call the ‘Hall of Heroes’, where bronze statues and hand painted oil paintings commemorate some of the greatest agents in CIA history: that’s E. Howard Hunt. That’s Valerie Plame…”

    “She’s hot. What’s that, Agent Limbo?”

    “That’s the ‘Scroll of Honor’. It records all the seismic world events that the Agency didn’t predict and all our greatest achievements: Korean War, Soviet H-bomb, Suez Crisis, Hungarian revolution, U2 shootdown, Cuban revolution, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Diem assassination…”

    “That’s quite a list…”

    “Russian invasion of Afghanistan” continued Colt “Iranian revolution, Iran-Iraq War, Kuwait invasion, fall of Communism, Saddam’s WMD – it’s a cavalcade of modern history, sir!”

    “It’s a cavalcade of something” muttered Panetta.

    “Sir, please” said Colt. “There’s only so much we can do with a secret unaccountable budget of nearly (REDACTED) dollars! We’re not Nostradamus, you know!”

    “No, Nostradamus got it right sometimes. What’s next on the tour, Agent Lungfish?”

    “Well, that’s the staff canteen. Right now we’re getting these agents familiar with the sort of food they’ll be eating when they’re stationed in Baghdad.”

    “Um, that looks like steak and lobster”.

    “Exactly, sir! You’re certainly getting the hang of what the Agency’s all about!” enthused Colt. “And down is here is our shooting range, where trainee field agents learn how to handle firearms with deadly efficiency”.

    Colt and Panetta watched as the agents grappled with stuck slides on their pistols, tugging them back in forth, hammering them on the walls. Cartridges and magazines lay spilled all over the floor.

    “Hey, Jimmy!” said one agent to another. “My gun won’t shoot. Take a look willya?”

    “Okeydoke” said the other, peering down the barrel. “Hmmm…looks okay to me…try shaking it”.

    “Um, are you armed, Agent Loki?” asked Panetta.

    “Affirmative, sir!” said Colt and Panetta quietly stepped a few paces away from him.


    There was a sudden detonation and everyone jumped. “Owww! My foot!” cried an agent, hopping on one leg.


    “Owww! My feet!” yelped another trainee.

    Colt took Panetta’s elbow. “Er, moving right along sir, if I may. The ability to blend with the indigenous population is crucial to covert operations. Down here is one of the classrooms where our agents learn Arabic; it’s been a top priority for some time now”.

    “It doesn’t look like there’s anybody in there”.

    “Um, well…er” stammered Colt. “Maybe they’re at recess”.

    “And who’s that fellow?” asked Panetta, pointing to the 6’6” tall Saudi Arabian, with the robes and the turban and the flowing beard streaked with grey. “Is he the teacher?”

    “Affirmative, sir! That’s Ben. Ben Landers. He joined us back in 2002 – hi Ben!” waved Colt.

    “Hello, American pig!” waved Ben.

    “Gee, he looks kinda familiar” mused Panetta. “Was he ever on ‘Star Search’?”

    “I wouldn’t know, sir. Well, I think you’ve seen most everything, sir. Since its founding in the dark days of the Cold War, the CIA has stood alert and proud, always ready to fulfil, whatever the cost, its primary mission, which is to be…”

    “Irresponsible, unaccountable and wrong most of the time?” said Panetta.

    “Exactly, sir! With that kind of quick understanding of what the Agency’s all about I think you’ll do just fine here, sir!”

    “Thank you. I’m sure I will” said the tired old Clinton retread, sorry, the experienced DC insider.

    • JohnMG says:

      This would appear to be a match made in heaven.

      It’s possible to make a right turn at the corner by making three left turns at the corner immediately following.

      Would it be possible for Panetta to get it right?

  25. proreason says:

    From the always refreshing IowaHawk: a pre-spective of 2009

    “Barack Obama makes history as the first African-American sworn in as President of the United States; Invoking legacy of Franklin Roosevelt, promises America “nine years of economic depression, four years of world war, eventual nuking of Japan”


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