Monday, June 15, 2009

CIA Chief Panetta Believes Cheney Wants US Attacked

Until now, I was hoping that Washington veteran Leon Panetta would be a somewhat moderate voice of reason and pragmatism within the Obama Administration. This pretty much squashes that idea.

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) - CIA director Leon Panetta says it's almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the "harsh interrogation" of terrorism suspects.

"I think he smells some blood in the water on the national security issue," Panetta said in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine's June 22 issue.

"It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point."

It's amazing how the Left views Cheney's difference of opinion; could it actually be possible that Cheney is truly concerned about protecting America?

The Weekly Standard reported Cheney's response to Panetta:

Dick Cheney released a statement responded to CIA Director Leon Panetta's suggestion that the former vice president's criticism of Obama administration policies means Cheney is wishing for another attack.

"I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted. The important thing is whether the Obama administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years."

Panetta was quoted in a lengthy profile by Jane Mayer in this week's New Yorker.

Never before have we seen such a fued between two Presidential Administrations. Don't look for it to cease anytime soon.

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