Our CIA Chief is a clown, too

Posted by: Phineas on February 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I wonder if he and Clapper bring rubber chickens and squirting flowers to meetings? After seeing this reassuring bit of news last night, I wouldn’t be surprised:

CIA Director Leon Panetta caused confusion when he suggested Egypt’s president was poised to step down, reinforcing questions about the spy agency’s ability to track unrest in the region.

Amid furious speculation that Hosni Mubarak was preparing to announce his exit in the face of mass protests — which later proved to be wrong — Panetta appeared to endorse the media reports before a congressional committee.

Asked about news accounts that Mubarak about to relinquish power, Panetta said: “I got the same information you did, that there’s a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening.”

But a US official later had to explain that Panetta was merely referring to media reports and not privileged information from inside the Central Intelligence Agency.

Emphasis added, after I was done banging my head on the desk.

So, let me get this straight: the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the guy in charge of the main electronic and human intelligence apparatus of the world’s mightiest power, one that costs us billions per year, in the midst of a crisis says he has no better source of information than CNN? Really, Leon??

Hey, can I have his job? I can turn on a TV, too, and I bet my analysis will be more accurate.

And think about this: We’ve been Egypt and Mubarak’s patron for 30 years. They returned the promise ring to the Soviets so they could go out with us. They’ve worked with us against Iran, Iraq under Hussein, and al Qaeda. Our military and theirs has a close patron-client relationship.

So what must’ve Mubarak and the government there thought when their patron’s top spy publicly kicks the legs out from under the Egyptian by saying he has information that Hosni will be out by that evening? “News to me?? Is this an order from Washington?” And then to find out that Panetta’s source is nothing more than TV talking heads… Well, I imagine he said something like that famous Strother Martin line from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid:

“Morons! I’ve got morons on my team!”

Morons. Clowns. Obama administration. There’s a difference?

PS: Just as I’m writing this, word comes that Mubarak is out in what looks like a military coup. As to what comes next… Maybe we should do like Panetta and just turn on the TV.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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16 Responses to “Our CIA Chief is a clown, too”


  1. Carlos says:

    Yes, and with the news that Nasser is out Panetta and the NIA clown know just what the US will do now, as soon as the talking heads get to it on the TV.

  2. K. Tut says:

    Give the guy a break – he also reads the National Enquirer.

  3. Vince says:

    CIA = Can’t Investigate ANYTHING.:-?

  4. Mike Giles says:

    And what about this administration in general has caused you to believe that they have any idea of what a clue looks like?

  5. Carlos says:

    Don’t worry, Mike, all they look for is crises, ’cause they absolutely know how to exploit those.

    Unless, of course, the crisis happens on foreign soil and they’ve already done everything in their power to 1) screw America and 2) show the world they can never count on Duh-1 to stand beside or even behind an ally.

  6. NC Cop says:

    Well, I imagine he said something like that famous Strother Martin line from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid:

    I envision the scene from Spaceballs:

    “How many a$$holes we got on this ship?!?!?!”

  7. DF says:

    I dont think anyone is all that surprised at the CIA being out of the loop. Egypt caught us flat-footed and unprepared. But the failure in this case is not just the CIA but also the State Department. What is even more funny is President Obama going on TV and trying to take credit for leadership changes in Egypt, talk about a joke. The reality of this situation is that all of our government had no idea what was happening. Which really is surprising because remember when Obama was running for president? He claimed that if we could only be more diplomatic and stop being such rude and pushy Americans everyone would love us and listen to us. Guess what? Turns out he was totally wrong, just like all of us knew he was.


  8. Paul says:

    You need to check Andrew Roberts piece in The Daily Beast about Obama possibly giving the Russians British nuclear information to get them to agree to START. If this is true , Obama betrayed the brits…This supposedly came out in a cable that WikiLeaks released.

  9. Iva Biggin says:

    Obonzo administration = clowns. ‘Nuff said.

  10. Bill G says:

    Unfortunately, they are too busy in this hemisphere to be taking much note of what’s happening over there.
    They are trying to figure out a response to the news they just received about the USS Maine being sunk in Havana Harbor.

  11. Carlos says:

    Even after as many circuses as I have gone to, it still amazes me this administration can fit as many clowns into one little vehicle.

    All headed by the ringmaster himself, also a clown, the biggest one of all.

  12. NC Cop says:

    They are trying to figure out a response to the news they just received about the USS Maine being sunk in Havana Harbor.

    It’s Bush’s fault!!!!!!

  13. Neo says:

    Capitol Hill is not to be outdone …
    “What we will be doing is ignoring the people’s business of creating jobs and frankly putting ourselves in the role of a clogged toilet,” said [(D-Enron) Rep. Sheila Jackson] Lee. “That means we are doing nothing. We are stuffed up.”

    The possible metaphors available stemming from this story line are immeasurable.

  14. Yup, first Clapper and now Panetta, two peas in a pod. Long gone are the days of Wild Bill Donovan and James Jesus Angleton.


  15. Phineas says:

    Aw, heck, Tom. These guys are making me nostalgic for our days of strength under Secretaries of State like Cyrus Vance. :((

    (That’s deep sarcasm, for anyone who doesn’t recall Carter’s pathetic first SoS.)

  16. Carlos says:

    Yup, Vance and Carter, just like Clapper and Panetta, two pea brains in a pod.