This should be another great step by our fearless, missing leader. Panetta did not have a stellar career at the CIA, now of course, gets rewarded. But that is what happens to politicians. Just think about all of those military contracts worth Billions to hand out. Winners and losers will no doubt be decided by the Executive Order of Obama which now requires knowing how much the companies bidding on projects gave to his war chest.
I am sure he will get all the news info he needs from Al-Jazeera, the WH fav news source. Here was an example:
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, testified before the House of Representatives on Thursday morning that there was a “strong likelihood” that Mr. Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.
American officials said Mr. Panetta was basing his statement not on secret intelligence but on media broadcasts, which began circulating before he sat down before the House Intelligence Committee. Mediaite<
To examine the career of Leon Panetta is to look back on the career of the consummate careerist and political survivor. Answers.com gives us a rundown of Panetta’s political CV.
After his discharge from the Army in 1966, the 28-year-old Panetta became an aide to moderate Republican Thomas H. Kuchel, U.S. senator from California.
On May 26, 1970, he joined New York City mayor John V. Lindsay as an executive assistant for intergovernmental relations.
In 1976 he won the Democratic nomination for the 16th (now the 17th) Congressional District and defeated Republican incumbent Burt I. Talcott, receiving 53 percent of the vote. He served for 16 years.
As head of OMB Panetta helped the Clinton administration pass the hard-fought budget bill of 1993 (it passed the House by one vote) and the easily passed budget bill of 1994. In July of 1994 Panetta was appointed chief of staff to President Clinton and served until 1997.
In January 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Panetta for the post of CIA Director; he was confirmed by the full Senate on February 12, 2009 and assumed the office the next day.
Leon Panetta’s performance in office was not exactly the stuff of legend. When testifying before Congress about what was happening in Egypt, as acting Director of The CIA, he sourced his information to the news media. Mediaite describes the fustercluck.. More at Red State