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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dana Milbank, "Leon Panetta, other former Obama subordinates show stunning disloyalty": Or Refreshing Honesty?

In a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Leon Panetta, other former Obama subordinates show stunning disloyalty," Dana Milbank rebukes Leon Panetta, a Democrat who served as Obama's CIA director and secretary of defense, for disparaging the president in his recently published book "Worthy Fights." Milbank writes:

"Panetta criticized his former boss for having 'lost his way' — allowing the power vacuum in Iraq that created the Islamic State, rejecting Panetta’s and Hillary Clinton’s advice to arm the Syrian rebels and failing to enforce his own 'red line' barring Syria’s use of chemical weapons."

I don't understand what Milbank wants of Panetta. Speaking on CBS’s "Face the Nation" in July, Madeleine Albright admitted, "To put it mildly, the world is a mess." Obama had nothing to do with this? Should Panetta wait another two years and four months before explaining how American foreign policy went astray?

In fact, I think that Panetta owes America an explanation. You cannot correct mistakes without first acknowledging them.

A pity that Panetta would never consider running against Hillary for the Democratic nomination for president. America is in need of a breath of fresh air.

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