Leon Panetta, Political Hack
To say that Fearless Leader Barack Hussein Obama is having scandal problem would, indeed, be an understatement. There is not enough space at CDN to cover all scandals, so let’s look at one: the Benghazi cover-up. Let’s further focus on the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.
About the Benghazi attack, Panetta said:
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place. And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Panetta was referring to head of U.S. Africa Command General Carter Ham and to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey when he made that statement to a Pentagon reporter.
But, regarding not “knowing what’s going on,” we have learned that CIA personnel at the Consulate annex, which was under fire for approximately 8 hours, were in constant radio contact with their headquarters. Also, two unmanned drones were sending real-time video images to Defense and State Department officials in Washington.
Did you know that Panetta was in the Army? There is one truism, one basic principle about ALL branches of the military, about ALL military personnel, about ANY situation: RESCUE! – NOW!. I can only suppose that Panetta forgot that basic principle when he became a political hack in order to further his career.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February, Panetta said:
“I think with regards to those specific individuals that were involved in this attack there was a gap. We didn’t have the intelligence that would have given us a heads-up that this kind of thing was going to happen.”
“We’ve got a lot of resources that are there … but if you have an area where you don’t have resources there, if you don’t have good intelligence, then it’s going to create a gap.”
So Panetta, in CYA mode, blamed an “intelligence gap” for his non-response.
Panetta is living proof of what happens when one becomes a political hack.
But that’s just my opinion.
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