Panetta "was part of the decision-making process for every single issue we were dealing with, whether this was in the Oval Office with the president or the Cabinet Room -- the Middle East, Kosovo, China. He was a part of a small group of people who advised the president how to proceed on strategy and substance."From the archives:
Who invented the "extraordinary renditions" system?Why would anyone think that an endorsement from a disgraced former National Security Advisor and a Counterterrorism expert who could never get Clinton to take terrorism seriously are worth a plug nickel? It's like Hillary being endorsed by Web Hubbell. This simply must be politics, otherwise Obama would have never considered Brennan nor allowed his staff to leak this back in December:
Michael Scheuer: President Clinton, his security counsellor Sandy Berger and his terrorism counsellor Richard Clarke instructed the CIA in autumn 1995 to destroy Al-Qaida.
Several people close to the Obama transition, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive deliberations, say the leading candidate to replace Hayden is his deputy, Stephen Kappes, who was No. 2 in the CIA's covert-ops division from 2002 to 2004, which means he was almost surely involved in interrogation policy.I'm still going with company man placeholder.
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RATHER ODD 1/9/09
Speaking of Leon Panetta, he was on duty during the night of September 11, 1994 acting as President Clinton's Chief of Staff. During the late evening hours an unemployed truck driver named Frank Corder stole a Cessna 150 in Maryland and flew it to Washington, making a left at the Monument and gliding onto the White House lawn, just short of his suspected target--the Clinton bedroom. He was killed, the Clintons were safe, having spent the night in Blair House due to renovations in the main house.