NEW YORK – Am I mindless, or are we witnessing Leon Panetta becoming a 76 year old California hobgoblin running around peddling his book anyplace and anytime including an appearance on – of all programs – the Bill O’Reilly Factor- Fox News’ lowliest crowd pleasing “circus” while mauling the reputation of the very same President of the United States that put Panetta in command of the Central Intelligence Agency and later crowned him Secretary of Defense?
I collect these quotes Panetta is now creating – in context and out – but all of them seem bizarrely contemptible as he paints Barack Obama as a kind of geeky wimp who prefers to ignore the advice of people around him. I am familiar with that gaggle, and must say I might ignore them as well.
For now, I am expectant that Panetta will appear on added news and interview programs that are not controlled by that judder Roger Ailes. Nonetheless while I continue to watch Panetta’s careless beach boardwalk performance I suggest that readers with minds take a look at Charlie Rose’s CBS interview with our American Treasure Leon Panetta. Rose, a gentleman, not-so-pointedly probed him:
“There are those who say, you know, he appointed you to two of the highest positions that this country has to offer, just wait until he’s out of office before criticizing.”
Kudos to Charlie Rose for asking a most important question but allowing what I might characterize as a person-of-interest, but guilt-ridden perp, answer.
Panetta responded to that and other Rose questions thus:
The last two years, I think what happened was he looked at a country that was frustrated, exhausted by over ten years of war, and he wanted to turn a corner. He wanted to be able to get away from Iraq, get away from Afghanistan, and begin to refocus on this country, but also, hopefully, to get other countries to step up to the plate to deal with it. What we’ve learned by recent events is that if the United States isn’t providing that leadership, nobody else will*.
Here’s what I think. President Obama took President Eisenhower’s warning about the warfare zealots that have been with and around us for centuries. President Obama did not see – thus far – any need for the “Boots on the Ground” hue and cry of old men like Ailes and the on-air curiosities that work for him, or the freaks that man his “brain trust”.
You see, some people – even Presidents – especially those who value lives – are not anxious to send American boys, girls, women, and men to be killed blood-spattered in some filthy desert because several potentates in the region want to maintain their thrones and several American arms dealers, oil barons and military uniform hawkers quietly but effectively cheer them all on.
Panetta, himself a former Lieutenant in Army Intelligence, should know better. He may not have been on the front lines – but he must have witnessed the personal costs of warfare in his time.
Panetta ought also to practice “Loyalty and faithfulness”.
He reminds one of the type that walked out on Bill Clinton during his most gruesome trials only to save their own necks, or enrich themselves as did the miniature rapscallion, George Stephanopoulos.
So, here is my tentative conclusion. Panetta may be a stalking horse for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. If so, then is seems evident that the President may have decided not support her presidential candidacy. If I am wrong, then Panetta is simply a greedy man seeking to leave a fatter legacy.
I can only hope that Hillary Clinton or Bill did not put Panetta up to this – because I, for one, was counting on helping her break that last glass ceiling before I take my leave.
More later – but keep this in mind. Bill O’Reilly in just an aged Long Island boy like I am. He has no particular skill except to sell himself to the highest bidder while he cover’s his behind by saying first yes and following it with no. Panetta has a shared background – he was just a smart kid from a good working-class family too.
Bill O’Reilly to my mind is most untrustworthy, yet I am pained that he did not see the Panetta pretense inasmuch as a poser can always spot an associate sham.