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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


I don't know if it's organic or an effort to win over CIA personnel, but Leon Panetta is working very hard to bureaucratically represent the desires of rank and file CIA personnel.

(NYTimes) Turf Battles on Intelligence Pose Test for Spy Chiefs

(WaPo) CIA Urges Judge To Keep Bush-Era Documents Sealed


  • He needs to foster his reputation within the spy community, but he is also following the wishes of President Obama. President Obama does not want this fight. He does not want these investigations. He does not want the public's focus derailed by the TV extravaganza of a public flogging of the past administration.

    By Blogger Time, at 4:33 PM  

  • Yeah. I've thought that, too. That some of the "internal" administration conflict is to placate us before they make a decision less popular with supporters.

    Making it look thought out or deliberated softens the blow.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:08 PM  

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