Panetta to quit CIA?

posted at 12:55 pm on August 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama brought a reputation for “cool” to the White House, bordering on indifference, but ABC News says that only represents the veneer.  The new administration has pushed the CIA to the brink of rebellion and CIA chief Leon Panetta to the brink of resignation.  Panetta launched a “profanity-laced tirade” at Attorney General Eric Holder over his plans to open investigations into CIA interrogations during the Bush administration, and now officials tell ABC to expect some turnover in national security positions:

A “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com. …

A White House spokesperson, Denis McDonough, said reports that Panetta had threatened to quit and that the White House was seeking a replacement were “inaccurate.”

According to intelligence officials, Panetta erupted in a tirade last month during a meeting with a senior White House staff member. Panetta was reportedly upset over plans by Attorney General Eric Holder to open a criminal investigation of allegations that CIA officers broke the law in carrying out certain interrogation techniques that President Obama has termed “torture.”

A CIA spokesman quoted Panetta as saying “it is absolutely untrue” that he has any plans to leave the CIA. As to the reported White House tirade, the spokesman said Panetta is known to use “salty language.” CIA spokesman George Little said the report was “wrong, inaccurate, bogus and false.”

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Obama administration leaked its new plans today for interrogating high-value terrorist detainees, which involve moving authority out of the CIA:

President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects, part of a broader effort to revamp U.S. policy on detention and interrogation, senior administration officials said Sunday.

Obama signed off late last week on the unit, named the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG. Made up of experts from several intelligence and law enforcement agencies, the interrogation unit will be housed at the FBI but will be overseen by the National Security Council — shifting the center of gravity away from the CIA and giving the White House direct oversight. …

The administration is releasing the new guidelines on the day when what it sees as the worst practices of the Bush administration are being given another public airing. New details of prisoner treatment are expected to be included in a long-awaited CIA inspector general’s report being unveiled Monday about the spy agency’s interrogation program. The report could set off a fresh debate between members of the current administration and the previous one over whether such tactics are necessary to prod detainees into cooperation and, ultimately, keep the country safe.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is also considering whether to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate past interrogation abuses. Obama and White House officials have stated their desire to look ahead on national security; White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said last week that the administration is eager to keep “going forward” and that “a hefty litigation looking backward is not what we believe is in the country’s best interest.”

There is a great deal of political danger in keeping interrogations within the White House.  First, it removes all of the controls Congress demanded on intelligence and analysis to keep the White House from politicizing both.  Those controls came in the form of an extended bureaucracy, the Directorate of National Intelligence, which sits above the CIA and other intelligence agencies.  Now, the White House will get at least a portion of its critical intelligence directly, and can spin it without having to worry about Congressional oversight.  That’s a bad direction to take.

Second, if anything goes wrong in those interrogations, the White House will have direct responsibility for it.  No longer can Congress or the executive branch hold the CIA responsible for any crimes committed — or more importantly, for the inability to get critical intel from HVDs.  When attacks occur, fingers will point back to the people running the HIG, meaning Obama and his West Wing team.  Not only does that make for bad national-security policy, it practically invites deep political damage.

Besides, who at the White House will be the expert that runs the HIG outside of CIA and DNI control?  These are the same people that appointed Panetta to run the CIA with no intel experience whatsoever, and had a 31-year-old campaign staffer run GM’s bankruptcy proceedings.  Who will run HIG — David Plouffe?

Even Panetta apparently sees the idiocy of this approach, or at least the fact that he’s about to lose a major turf war within the administration.  And that provokes the question of whether Panetta’s appointment was specifically designed to produce this result.  Had Obama appointed a real intel professional to the position of CIA Director, could he have gotten away with this transfer of authority?  It would be very doubtful.  Having a political hack in this spot reduces the ability for professional intel leaders to take their case to the media, since in this case we would likely be trading one political hack for another.

Congress should ensure that this position has significant Congressional oversight.  It looks like Obama’s about to carve out an interrogations czar with no accountability outside of the West Wing, and that’s very, very dangerous indeed.


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As jeff_from_mpls wrote in the headline thread:

Why so serious Leon?

theCork on August 24, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Holy crap.

Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, was just named Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

What could go wrong????

rockmom on August 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

and this….

“The Board of governors of the Federal Reserve System announced another designation, Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, as deputy chairman of the New York Fed’s board of directors for the rest of 2009.”

My notebook of crooks and cronies is bursting at the seams.

lyfsatrip on August 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Fake investigation. They want to investigate the CIA but not uncover anything but wrong doing they can point to President Bush. Dems run from investigation.
Panetta is ignorant re CIA matters.

seven on August 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM

No longer can Congress or the executive branch hold the CIA responsible for any crimes committed — or more importantly, for the inability to get critical intel from HVDs.

The White House has devised an ingenious strategy for interrogations consisting of noogies, Indian burns and “truth or dare”.

Stand by for a flood of information . . .

NoDonkey on August 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Well, thanks for that Rockmom!
In the finest DemRat tradition I guess Pinnochio just bailed out the AFL-CIO pension fund!

What could go wrong indeed.

I think I may cash out completely and start a used car lot/junkyard as in three more years no-one will be able to buy a new car and besides who would want Government Motors?

I may name it “Clunkers that Survived for Cash that May Not”

dhunter on August 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

The agency needs to go scorched earth against Obama and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
elduende on August 24, 2009

I personally believe the CIA is more along Obama’s ideological/political lines than one that is more centered on real national security (yes we have lost the CIA too).

Think Valarie Plame and add that infamous NSA directive saying that Iran has stopped developing nukes and you get the picture. The CIA became a Democrat tool soon after 9/11.

Goodeye_Closed on August 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

You would think they’d want to insulate the Won from blame in the event of a Homeland terror attack.

Little Boomer on August 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Hmmm, an inteligence service run directly out of the White House. What could go wrong?

drocity on August 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Congress to be completely castrated and made irrelevant in 5… 4… 3…

Daggett on August 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

October 4 2010, Washington DC

With just four weeks remaining before what was to be the elections for the second session of the 111th Congress, President Obama today announced that all legislative and fiduciary responsibilty would now fall under a Congressional czar with direct White House oversight. Mr. Obama went on to name long-time ally and political stratigest Rahm Emanual to the job.

Over the coming weeks, Mr. Emanual will be reviewing the qualifications of all members of Congress and determining if their skills and abilities fit the demands of the new organization. There will undoubtedly be some shake-ups. Mr. Emanuel is quoted as saying “Some of those districts out there just don’t have adequate representation. Instead of selling the President’s agenda they are actually working against it and that is unacceptable.”

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Eliminating Plausible Deniability.

Demonstrating that they are NOT morons in the WH.
They’re complete idiots.

phreshone on August 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

…intelligence… [I clearly will be excluded from the list of HIG operatives] ;)

drocity on August 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Shadow CIA

faraway on August 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

The CIA became a Democrat tool soon after 9/11.

Goodeye_Closed on August 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

It’s been longer than that. The left-leaning Ivy League quotient at CIA has been in place for decades.

However, they protect their territory fiercely, even with Democratic Presidents, and the politicians mostly lose these turf wars. We’ll just have to see if Holder is serious.

Missy on August 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects … named the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG.

how Gestapo-esque

Jed_Eckert on August 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Holy crap.

Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, was just named Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

What could go wrong????

rockmom on August 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger will become the board’s deputy chairman. Both men will hold their positions until year-end.

It’s Libs all the way down!! These FED Boards have GOT TO GO. Another vital American institution destroyed and corrupted from within.

JiangxiDad on August 24, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I wonder if Vladimir Putin is interested in being Panetta’s replacement.

Percy_Peabody on August 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Or Valerie Plame?

Hey, both of them have the same initials-V. P. That’s all Bush’s fault, of course.

Del Dolemonte on August 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Congress to be completely castrated and made irrelevant in 5… 4… 3…

Daggett on August 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Can’t a Representative or Senator, even if someone is a minority of one, initiate an action of some type to challenge usurpation of legislative power? I think it’s high time we begin to hear from the courts.

JiangxiDad on August 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Thank God for the White House.I feel safer already. “Interrogation by Hugs” always works.

FinianWarrior on August 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

This is just a little to coincidental for me.Health care reform is going down the tubes so lets just bring out the evil Bush torture tactics. That should fill the air waves while I’m on my much deserved vacation.When I get back the people will have forgotten all about health and will be demanding Bush and Cheney,s heads. It’s a perfect plan.What could go wrong??????????

sandee on August 24, 2009 at 1:56 PM

You would think they’d want to insulate the Won from blame in the event of a Homeland terror attack.

Little Boomer on August 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Yeah, but Dear Leader’s enemies are not radical Islamics. They are Rush, Glenn Beck, Fox News, et al. He wants to be able to turn the screws on them. Literally.

rbj on August 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

They are just trying to change the subject. They want to give the left something new to caper and jibber about.

Terrye on August 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Is this even legal?

Terrye on August 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

The White House has devised an ingenious strategy for interrogations consisting of noogies, Indian burns and “truth or dare”.

Stand by for a flood of information . . .

NoDonkey on August 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

ooooh…Truth or Dare….we’ll get all the dirt from the terrorist about who he kissed behind the port-a-john at the 9th grade picnic!

p40tiger on August 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Is this even legal?

Terrye on August 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Who cares? This whole administration is illegal and it appeaars no-one is going to do a damn thing to stop it!

dhunter on August 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Is this even legal?

Terrye on August 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

I don’t know, but it definitely violates the spirit of the Constitution if not the letter.

Daggett on August 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Is this even legal?

Terrye on August 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

“I Won” – Barack Obama

18-1 on August 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Eliminating Plausible Deniability.

Demonstrating that they are NOT morons in the WH.
They’re complete idiots.

phreshone on August 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Remember Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre when he fired all sorts of people. I guarantee you that the filthy liar himself isn’t going to be held accountable for any of this. The first time this team does anything that turns controversial all sorts of heads are going to roll in an effort to protect the dictator-in-chief.

highhopes on August 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

BTW, what does it say when a partisan hack like Panetta can’t take the abuse of office Obama is engaged in?

18-1 on August 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Oh, and looking at the big picture, Obama is letting terrorists go, and throwing CIA operatives in prison.

Heckuva a job Baracky.

18-1 on August 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Key step in developing a “civilian national security force, that’s just as strong, just as well funded as the military” is developing an intelligence arm.

The Obama Stasi. The Obama ISI. The Obama KGB, or the KGObama, The Obama Secret Police.

Main recruits: ACORN, and the little fat albert high steppers in that video before the election.

gird your loins.

ted c on August 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

A White House totally centered on control and socialist change! A Congress totally out of control and out of touch with the People! Thanks a lot you liberal boobs and fools. Thanks for your totally unqualified President basing his election on nothing but empty promises and blue sky. Thanks Republican Party and Bush for letting these fools in the door via your departure from your party principals.
We, the People have got to get this country back on track. We CANNOT leave our politicians to do the job. Everything they touch turns to mud!!

JonR on August 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Barry is sadly mistaken if he thinks the majority of Americans give a hoot ‘n holler about the rights of Terrorists. Like Rush said today, They’re grasping at straws to try and appease the Far Left and get their attention off of Healthcare Reform.

kingsjester on August 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects … named the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG.

They called it HIG to make it easier to rap with.

“You down with HIG, (yeah, you know me)
who’s down with HIG
wassup wassup…

Is will smith going to bust a rap with the HIG?

ted c on August 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Everyone is losing their job, even the pool reporters who will be canned if they perform the task that they were hired to do.:

those in the press pool must agree not to telegraph where he’s going.

Violators, she said, would be thrown out of the pool.

Alden Pyle on August 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

This poor sick Republic is crumbling like a sand castle on a beach with rough seas.

rplat on August 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Panetta doesn’t fit in with 0′s administration, anyway. Despite his lack of qualifications for the post (which does fit in), he takes his job seriously.

iurockhead on August 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

So the CIA which went out of it’s way to destroy the Bush admin.. is losing a turf war? I could care less..

So the incoming admin doesn’t trust the CIA? Well, they betrayed their last boss didn’t they?

Partisan on August 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects … named the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG.

Does “Gestapo” ring a bell?

rplat on August 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

So, I guess you could say Obama’s getting HIGgy with it.

kingsjester on August 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I imagine Leon is facing a full scale revolt from inside the CIA.
My guess is he knows he better represent or face a standup work stoppage from lots of CIA operators(and who can blame them really)

kangjie on August 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I’d like to see all unqualified dignitaries resign in DC. Of course, that would leave a lot of holes, but we won’t mind.

Vashta.Nerada on August 24, 2009 at 2:24 PM

These Clowns still Blaming Bush for their short comings?
Eric Holder should be investigating Nancy Pelosi!!!

BigMike252 on August 24, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Eric Holder waves off prosecution of Black Panther voter intimidation but is eager to prosecute CIA agents. Panetta wants no part of this. I hope he blasts San Fran Nan on his way out.

d1carter on August 24, 2009 at 2:31 PM

panetta is just the start of those abandoning bo.

rjoco1 on August 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM

what is this new change we can believe in going to do with the timely dissemination and acting on of intelligence? when interrogations were conducted by cia, it is my understanding that they were initially done on spot, or close to that time. than, more detailed interrogations conducted at secret safe houses (extreme rendition) overseas or at gitmo. now, the way i understand this change, interrogations won’t be conducted until the detainee is back at fbi in washington, they’ve been advised of their “constitutional rights,” have lawyered up, and clam shut. any intelligence they do get, will than go to the white house. THAN, said intelligence will get passed on to the directorate of intelligence, and maybe back to cia to be acted on.

classy.

photoboy74 on August 24, 2009 at 2:45 PM

ooooh…Truth or Dare….we’ll get all the dirt from the terrorist about who he kissed behind the port-a-john at the 9th grade picnic!

p40tiger on August 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

We already know it was Barry himself.

NoDonkey on August 24, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Panetta erupted in a tirade last month during a meeting with a senior White House staff member.

Rahmbo. Bets?

mojo on August 24, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Did someone use intelligence and White House in the same sentence?

TruthToBeTold on August 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM

President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects … named the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG.

Have to wonder if those snitched on are considered key terrorism suspects. I doubt if the public will see any kind of record of who they drag in for interrogation.

Poor Constitution, gasping for it’s last few breaths.

fogw on August 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM

FBI rules, reading of rights, assigning a scumbag attorney willing to represent terrorists, maybe goes to court, insufficient evidence, release into the U.S.—because their own countries won’t want them and/or they claim a human rights violation—green card, maybe a job, then formation of even more cells in the U.S. Or maybe even run for president, after all one was just elected.

rlwo2008 on August 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has weighed in on a dust-up between the nation’s two main spy chiefs, asserting that Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, and not CIA Director Leon Panetta, should have ultimate authority to name the top U.S. intelligence delegates overseas.

Otherwise known as CIA station chiefs.

And I’m curious about the reference in the ABC story to ongoing CIA operations that he’s uncomfortable with. Those would have to be operations authorized by the President, wouldn’t they? I wonder what operations the White House would authorize that Panetta would be uncomfortable with?

From Instapundit. Leon is having his authority taken away, bit by bit. Just like Hillary.

The CIA operation he’s not comfortable with? I’d guess some meddling in Honduras.

Wethal on August 24, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Obayme could appoint Rahm’s brother, Zeke the merciful, to the post. Oh, I forgot, he’s heading up health care. We don’t have anyone watching our backs and now won’t have anyone watching our front, either. Why don’t we just open the borders and let anyone in who wants to come in. Oh, I forgot, we already do that.

Kissmygrits on August 24, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Just what we need: an interrogation czar …

PackerBronco on August 24, 2009 at 3:20 PM

My biggest hope is that this admin.will so p**s off the CIA that someone there will “leak” some info that will bring down this most corrupt admin. EVAH. Fingers crossed, hope springs eternal.

concernedsenior on August 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM

My friends here at HotAir:

I submit to you that our domestic enemies of the Constitution–the statist liberals and The Won’s ilk–are looking forward to us slinking back into the shadows, back into our lives and back into our silence.

Please, resign yourselves to take a deep breath, and prep for the long fight. Sharpen your knife, repack your rucksack, put on some new socks and regroup. We’ve landed on the beach, knocked them back on their heels, now we need to go for the throat.

It is WWII, and the date is June 8th—plan your strategy, adjust your tactics, develop new weapons and whatever you do–attack, attack attack. Just as Patton said, “hold em by the nose and kick ‘em in the ass.”

There will come a Bastogne, there will come a Battle of the Bulge. We will have to conduct some rescues. We will have to fight through the winter. We will have to conduct resupply and training.

We will sleep in our foxholes, we will mend our uniforms and we will eat out of a can if we have to. The only way back to the US we know and love is by going right through the heart of the statist liberal agenda. We will dismantle it, we will crush it and we will become experts of it in order to identify it for generations to come.

ted c on August 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM

MAKE MY DAY!

Upstater85 on August 24, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Panetta and a host of other senior and mid-level Agency officers may be walking out the door in short order.

The level of disgust with this Administration is evident.

First, the President says, “We’ve got to move on…”

Then his AG says, “Let’s prosecute.”

Then Obama says, “No…maybe not.”

Then Holder says, “I’ve already appointed a special prosecutor.”

Obama says, “OK…”

So, Obama works for Holder?

The Director of National Intelligence, Blair, in the meantime, is doing little…except taking up space and spending funds.

Night of the Long Knives…coming to a national capital near you. Look for a major shake-up all across the entire national intelligence spectrum.

coldwarrior on August 24, 2009 at 3:35 PM

concernedsenior on August 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM

That could actually happen.

Look what the CIA did to the Bush Administration and the Bush Administration largely supported them.

NoDonkey on August 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM

The entire business is an op to change the subject. Yes its legal. They all work for the executive branch. Is it remarkably stupid and dangerous. Is it a slap in the face to CIA, DIA, OSI, the NSA and the FBI? Yup.

When obanunistcare is not on people’s minds they will drop it.
Its a red herring.

Eye on the ball people! Stay focused. Do not let up on bozosocialistcare until we get a stake through it.

dogsoldier on August 24, 2009 at 3:48 PM

My friends here at HotAir:

I submit to you that our domestic enemies of the Constitution–the statist liberals and The Won’s ilk–are looking forward to us slinking back into the shadows, back into our lives and back into our silence.

Please, resign yourselves to take a deep breath, and prep for the long fight. Sharpen your knife, repack your rucksack, put on some new socks and regroup. We’ve landed on the beach, knocked them back on their heels, now we need to go for the throat.

It is WWII, and the date is June 8th—plan your strategy, adjust your tactics, develop new weapons and whatever you do–attack, attack attack. Just as Patton said, “hold em by the nose and kick ‘em in the ass.”

There will come a Bastogne, there will come a Battle of the Bulge. We will have to conduct some rescues. We will have to fight through the winter. We will have to conduct resupply and training.

We will sleep in our foxholes, we will mend our uniforms and we will eat out of a can if we have to. The only way back to the US we know and love is by going right through the heart of the statist liberal agenda. We will dismantle it, we will crush it and we will become experts of it in order to identify it for generations to come.

ted c on August 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM

100% agreed. BUT-if we don’t acknowledge the 40 million unborn that we left victim to the savagery of the enemy, and vow that along with saving our own hides, that we will save their lives too, you can forget about it.

We can’t return to America pre-Obama. We have to return to America pre-abortion - because abortion is what got us and will continue to get us where we are today, and there really is no bottom for this animal and his pack.

tigerlily on August 24, 2009 at 3:50 PM

So just how far are we going to let Obama take things, before we stand up for our country, and impeach this SOB? This can’t be a legal maneuver, can it?

As for this interrogation czar..,I predict terrorists, will get lollipops, gumdrops, and a slight slap on the wrist, while citizens of the U.S. who oppose Obama’s agenda, will get far worse, and no one will know. The leash is off.

capejasmine on August 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Gee whiz… I hate it that we poured water up somebody’s nose…. If the enemy would do that instead of hacking of heads, etc., I might feel a little better.

ultracon on August 24, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Our friends at The Most Busted Name in News are now gleefully running with the report the ACLU sued to get. About how KSM was allegedly threatened with a “we will kill your kids” warning.

The CNN cretins are salivating with joy over this stuff. Goebbels would be proud of them. Probably Benedict Arnold as well.

Del Dolemonte on August 24, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Second, if anything goes wrong in those interrogations, the White House will have direct responsibility for it. No longer can Congress or the executive branch hold the CIA responsible for any crimes committed — or more importantly, for the inability to get critical intel from HVDs. When attacks occur, fingers will point back to the people running the HIG, meaning Obama and his West Wing team. Not only does that make for bad national-security policy, it practically invites deep political damage.

This is the case already. If anything happened at the CIA Obama would already be blamed.

ckoeber on August 24, 2009 at 4:18 PM

I’m sorry but what country am I living in? Last time I checked Americans didn’t put their political opponents in jail.

sammypants on August 24, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Panetta is a typical Democrat piece of scum, if he quits, so what they’ll put another Obama backed moron in there. I hope Panetta dies, now.

Jeff from WI on August 24, 2009 at 4:29 PM

The Obama admin should hire Dr. Phil. Or go on Springer.

Rahm v Panetta and Hillary v Michele on pay per view.

jpmn on August 24, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I’d like to see all unqualified dignitaries resign in DC. Of course, that would leave a lot of holes ghost town, but we won’t mind.

Vashta.Nerada on August 24, 2009 at 2:24 PM

1921 C DRUM on August 24, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Hmmmm

1. I bet those backstabbing SOBs in the CIA wish they hadn’t shafted Bush quite so often.

2. Who the F**K would be insane enough to be a part of this interrogation unit? If I got assigned to it I’d resign immediately or retire. No chance this unit won’t be thrown under the bus at the very first instance of trouble.

memomachine on August 24, 2009 at 5:06 PM

The crack interrogation team will be the ladies from the “View.”

Mojave Mark on August 24, 2009 at 6:53 PM

The Obama Administration.

Dr Evil on August 24, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Obama picked a hell of a distraction to pull the attention away from health care. I don’t think it will work, he is just going to have us all mad about foreign policy and health care. Anyone want to wager on how soon our next terrorist attack occurs?

Susanboo on August 24, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I never dreamed our nation could descend into chaos in 7 months but doggone, here we are.

Herb on August 24, 2009 at 8:04 PM

President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of interrogators to question key terrorism suspects …

Expect Glenn Beck to mysteriously disappear, along with every successful blogger who’s in direct opposition to the coup that’s taking place by this White House.

Dangerous times we’re living in.

SoldiersMom on August 24, 2009 at 8:55 PM

As I watch the assaults perpetrated daily by the ONE and his representatives against the constitution and our nation, it not only stirs my anger, but also brings me to the verge of tears that the country I love so much has descended into a squalid political cesspool.

However, I think it may be too late to stop the encroachments of this megalomaniacal narcissist. I can think of only two scenarios which might blunt the advancement of his agenda, and both are of a catastrophic nature:

1.) A strike against a major city by our enemies, or

2.) An economic collapse of the magnitude, or nearly so, of the 1930′s.

As a people, we have shown our apathy (willful self-destructive tendency?) by allowing this cancer into the White House to begin with. I just don’t see us suddenly opening our eyes to the danger without a major shock to our consciousness.

We’ve painted ourselves into a terrible corner. Not a single patriotic American wants to see either of these two things take place. I certainly don’t. But the thought of the country falling more deeply under the sway of someone whom I believe to be an existential threat is almost as distressing.

Elessar on August 24, 2009 at 11:20 PM

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