Panetta for CIA?

We read the nomination of Leon Panetta for CIA differently than others.

On January 2nd, Clintonite James Carville predicted more scandals for the Democratic Party:

“You know, people will insist that 2008 had 366 days. I don’t believe it. I think it had 36,066 days. . .

“The Democratic Party has had a recent run of corruption and sex scandals. Mathematicians say that there are no such things as streaks and that the last event has nothing to do with the next. The only people who disagree are crapshooters and political operatives. Since I am both, I firmly believe that there are streaks and that political scandals happen in clusters.”(1)

A few days later a Clintonite obtained the last remaining cabinet or almost cabinet-level job (if we exclude the Commerce job just vacated by Bill Richardson). We thought that pretty interesting.

The Obama team sold the nomination as opposition to torture, but apparently the politics was so rushed that Obama did not inform the Senate committee working on intelligence. For thathe received heat.(2) There’s also the subtext that the government is in financial crisis, so the combination of Blair as Director of National Intelligence and a budget expert like Panetta might just reflect hard times we are in.

The CIA and State Department work together closely. With Panetta in at CIA, it’s Bush-Clinton secrecy maintained on some issues from 1980 to 2012.

Also interesting–why not Scott Ritter, a Bush voter who told it like it was on the weapons of mass destruction. There’s also Ray McGovern.

Notes:

1. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/30/carville.2009/?iref=mpstoryview

2. An amazing summary of commentaries:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/01/barack_obama_is_so_far_outside.html

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