Panetta Wonders If Cheney Wants Al Qaeda To Attack US To Prove Point

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Thunderdog, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Monday, June 15, 2009

    WASHINGTON NEWS

    Panetta Wonders If Cheney Wants Al Qaeda To Attack US To Prove Point

    CIA Director Leon Panetta's remarks on former Vice President Dick Cheney made in a nearly 7,600-word interview with The New Yorker generated some media attention last night and this morning. Calling them "tough words," ABC World News reported briefly that Panetta said of Cheney, who "has repeatedly, of course, criticized the Obama Administration's approach to terrorism," that "it's almost as if he is wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.'" Panetta, the New Yorker (6/22, Mayer) reports, was responding to a speech the former vice president made at the American Enterprise Institute, where he accused the Administration of making "the American people less safe" by banning brutal CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects that had been sanctioned by the Bush Administration. With "surprising candor," the magazine reports Panetta said, "I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue. It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics."

    Also reporting the remarks, the AP reports Vice President Joe Biden was asked during an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he agreed. The current vice president, however, said "he wouldn't question the motive behind Cheney's criticism." Said Biden, "I think Dick Cheney's judgment about how to secure America is faulty. I think our judgment is correct."


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  2. Arnie

    Arnie

    Wow!

    My guess is maybe Panetta knows something and is trying to cover his ass, just in case.

    That's as reasonable an argument as Panetta makes, right, thunderdome? :D