Monday, January 5, 2009

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Responds to Panetta Nomination/Lack of Intelligence Experience Causing Controversy Across Both Aisles

'My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time,' said Senator Dianne Feinstein who, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would be in charge of Mr. Panetta's confirmation."

Feinstein is not the only Democrat upset about this. NBC reports:

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.

Panetta and Retired Adm. Dennis Blair, Obama's choice to be director of national intelligence, are under immediate scrutiny for their seeming lack on intelligence experience.

"I'm at a loss," said Robert Grenier, a former director of the CIA's counterterrorism center and 27-year veteran of the agency who now is managing director of Kroll, a security consulting company.

The lack of intelligence experience puts Panetta at "a tremendous disadvantage," Grenier told The Associated Press in an interview.

"Intelligence by its very nature is an esoteric world. And right now the agency is confronted with numerous pressing challenges overseas, and to have no background is a serious deficit. I don't say that he can't succeed. It may that he can compensate for the obvious deficit."

Has anyone else figured out yet that Obama has a poor track record in his choice of friends and his judgement? Anyone alive out there!?!?!

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