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CIA Director Panetta: I’m using the MSM instead of intelligence reports to figure out what’s happening in Egypt

When it’s not the National Security Director stepping in it, it’s the CIA chief a day later.  It is terrifying to think these two geniuses are in charge of national security and intelligence.  Details:

CIA Director Leon Panetta helped touch off an avalanche of erroneous expectations Thursday when he testified that there was a “strong likelihood” that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.

Within minutes, senior aides to Panetta sought to tamp down the impact, saying he was merely referring to media reports. But by then, the comments had ricocheted around the Internet, underscoring U.S. confusion about events unfolding in Egypt, as well as the perils of publicly weighing in on such developments while serving as director of CIA.

After the committee chairman referred to media accounts predicting that the Egyptian president would step down, Panetta said, “I got the same information you did, that there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening, which would be significant in terms of where the hopefully orderly transition in Egypt takes place.”

Shortly thereafter, a U.S. intelligence official said that Panetta “was clearly referring to press reports alluded to” by the panel chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).

The explanation that Panetta was citing news accounts protected him from being on the hook if the prediction turned out not to be true. But it also carried a more subtle public relations risk, suggesting that the CIA chief was not necessarily any better informed than others at Thursday’s hearing, scanning their cellphones for breaking news.

Well, I guess when CNN says that they are the “most trusted” news source (don’t laugh, they really claim that!), Panetta takes their word for it.  “Screw intel reports!  Wolf Blitzer is telling me all I need to know!”

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February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Egypt, intelligence, shameful

2 Comments »

  1. If I remember correctly, the Bush admin said the same thing when evaluating what was happening in Bagdad at the beginning of the Iraq War.

    Comment by Steve | February 12, 2011

  2. Your memory is better than mine.

    Comment by tnjack | February 18, 2011


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