‘Panetta. Leon Panetta.’

The notion of Clinton-era hack Leon Panetta as a James Bond super-spy is enough to inspire laughter, but Philip Klein reports that Obama’s choice is causing serious worry at the CIA:

“Everybody is shocked and concerned about his lack of any intelligence experience,” a former senior officer at the CIA told [The American Spectator], asking that his name be withheld because he still does some work with the agency. “What kind of signal is this sending?” . . .
“People think the left-wing bloggers are running the asylum now,” the ex-CIA official lamented. “They want to completely neuter the agency.”

Read the whole thing.

[Obama] “calls Panetta “one of the finest public servants of our time.” And in response to some questions about Panetta’s experience, Obama says “he has handled intelligence daily at the highest levels.”

As any student of the Clinton administration knows, they completely botched the effort against al-Qaeda, so citing Panetta’s experience in the Clinton White House is not an argument in his favor.

UPDATE II: I knew I’d seen the “Panetta, Leon Panetta” gag somewhere else, and now I realize it was at Cold Fury. Sorry about that, Chief.

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