Monday, January 05, 2009

About Panetta - updated

DiFi has her nose out of joint because she was not consulted. Rockefeller has misgivings.

That alone makes me think the appointment of Leon Panetta as chief of the CIA is a good thing.

Rockefeller has been rather feckless in opposing Bush lawlessness and DiFi has been a major Bush enabler for donkey's years. When I was a voter in California I swore I would never vote for her again, and wrote to tell her so. Once in while she does something really good but overall I think that if the Panetta choice displeases her she can go suck eggs. Granted, she is in a position where you wouldn't want to piss her off, but if pleasing Feinstein is a concern of Obama we can toss in the towel now. (All in all, that was a rather civil expression of my feelings about her.)

A great comment from a career intel professional may be read at TPM.

Dday has a great post up at Digby's Hullabaloo and I commend it to you. One tidbit:
It's that he's an outsider with enough institutional power to actually make changes, and the moral compass to make those decisions based not on burying the past but rooting it out. THAT'S what has DiFi and Jello Jay spooked.
[Emphasis mine]
--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Paul, I think you may have hit the nail on the head. The CIA needs shaking up due to its politicization by the Bush maladministration, and Feinstein and Rockefeller don't like shaking up, even for a good cause.

During the 8 years that the Bushies have been in charge, the Democrats in Congress have not, for the most part, done us proud.

Paul said...

They most certainly haven't, Mimi. I am going to add a link in an update on more of why they might not like Panetta.