Thursday, January 08, 2009
I guess by now everyone's heard that President-elect B. Hussein Obama has picked Bill Clinton's former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama is taking a lot of heat, and rightfully so, for picking the hackish Panetta to head what -- in this age of terrorist threats, Russian authoritarianism, and Chinese ascendency in the Far East -- is one of America's most important government agencies. Here's my take:
Panetta's office was just around the corner from the Oval Office during the time when Bill Clinton was diddling Monica Lewinsky. When news of Clinton's sexcapades with his young intern hit the fan, if you will, Panetta claimed that he had no idea any funny business had been going on mere feet from his office. Why in God's name do we want such a clueless boob running the agency in charge of gathering intelligence on America's overseas enemies?!
Clueless boob ... that's Leon Panetta (and his would-be future boss, too).