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Leon Panetta: Barack Obama Has “Given Up”

WHICH MAKES HIM JUST LIKE “REPUBLICANS …” By FITSNEWS || Leon Panetta – who served as Barack Obama’s first CIA chief and second Secretary of Defense – blasted his former boss in an interview this week with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. The veteran Washington insider – an eight-term California congressman who served…

WHICH MAKES HIM JUST LIKE “REPUBLICANS …”

By FITSNEWS || Leon Panetta – who served as Barack Obama’s first CIA chief and second Secretary of Defense – blasted his former boss in an interview this week with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

The veteran Washington insider – an eight-term California congressman who served as Bill Clinton‘s chief of staff from 1994-97 – accused Obama of approaching problems like a “law professor.”

“He approaches things like a law professor in presenting a logic of his position,” Panetta said of Obama. “There is nothing wrong with that. We want to have a president who thinks through the issues.”

Okay … so far, not so bad.

“My experience in Washington is that logic alone doesn’t work,” Panetta continued.  “Once you lay out a position, you are going to roll up your sleeves and you have to fight to get it done. That is key in Washington. In order for presidents to succeed, they cannot just — when they run into problems, step back and give up.”

Whoa …

Panetta wasn’t done …

“There is a feeling and I have a feeling that the leadership and the president have given up on the big issues facing this country whether it’s immigration or a budget deal or infrastructure funding or trade or energy,” he said.

Interesting …

Panetta’s comments are deliberately provocative.  He’s selling a new book, for starters.  But more importantly he’s aligning his political future with Hillary Clinton – who is looking to distance herself from Obama in anticipation of the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Panetta owes a lot more to Bill Clinton than to Obama,” observed MSNBC’s Alex Saitz-Wald.  “And if anyone can offer Panetta anything of interest now, it’s not the lame duck Obama, but Clinton’s wife.”

Yeah … no motivational intent there at all.

Beyond being self-serving, Panetta’s comments are also at odds with reality.

Last time we checked, Obama has gotten plenty of “big issues” done – notably a “stimulus” that’s produced record dependency and joblessness and a health care law that’s produced higher premiums.  Oh, and he’s successfully “spread the wealth around,” too … just not how many of his supporters imagined.

Obama’s problem isn’t an inability to roll up his sleeves, it’s the demonstrable inefficaciousness of the policies he has championed. Like his predecessor, his interventionist ideas – at home and abroad – simply haven’t worked.

The ultimate irony of Panetta’s self-serving rebuke?  The cheers it has drawn from congressional “Republicans” – who have habitually surrendered to Obama on the “big issues.”  Seriously … last time we checked, nobody could hold a candle to the GOP when it came to “giving up.”

But hey … hypocrisy aside, we fully expect the GOP to use the “Obama has given up” narrative in its bid to reclaim control of the U.S. Senate.

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65 comments

SC Political Digest October 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

First FITS and Ravenel have a lovers’ spat and now Obama and Panetta…

Can you say: Democrat Implosion!!!!

PS: Leon, Obama never tried, except to fail, and he did that…you’re just noticing what I told y’all 7 years ago…

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1689 October 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

The biggest Presidential blunder the nation has ever made. We did it in consecutive Presidencies, too.

At least for the time being the nation has once again proved its strength. If we can overcome this impostor we can overcome anything.

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Torch October 7, 2014 at 6:28 pm

But can you over come Nikki?

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Yeah, right. It’s Obama… that’s the main problem.

Fuck… this whole got-damn nation has gone feeble on us.

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Fuck Obama and Graham October 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Its Obama and all of the rest of them; including those in South Carolina. The United States is not going to survive what these self serving wack jobs have done to our nation. The economy is going sour …. reports out that home prices are sinking at alarming rates (were over inflated anyway). Wages down to 1999 pay levels. Gas is still high …. taxes going up … groceries cost more than ever … electric rates going through the roof. All in the name of greed and profit; and, investors like Darla Moore and her husband.

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm

It’s Obama
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Talk about tunnel vision.

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Thomas Sowell/Townhall October 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm

“Those critics who have been citing Barack Obama’s foreign policy fiascoes and disasters as evidence that he is incompetent may be overlooking the possibility that he has different priorities than the protection of the American people and America’s interests as a nation.”.

“…At a minimum, it suggests that he takes his conception of himself as a citizen of the world more seriously than he takes his role as President of the United States. At worst, he may consider Americans’ interests expendable in the grand scheme of things internationally.”

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Fuck Obama and Graham October 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

On The Job Training – Applying No Experience To Running Things – All The Schooling In The World Does Not Make A Leader. However, experience does. And from experience comes wisdom.
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America Is Too Far Down The Drain To Coming Back. It Would Take A Miracle To Save It. And Hillary Is Not The Solution. She will blame Obama and Bush for everything. After all, it’s easier to blame others when things your own hands have destroyed or made a mess of things. Its the art of deception and BULLSHIT.
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The USA is all fucked up. And opening the border with Mexico was a sure way to finish it off. China now rules and so does Russia, sad to say.

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WW October 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

X 1000!
Obama has screwed the Country up beyond repair and Ohaley has done the same for the State. Wait until she has been in office another 4 years.
We are truly screwed!

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Fuck Obama and Graham October 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Haley, no experience either. All on the job training by trial and error.

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Obama has screwed the Country
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were you just born 6 years ago? My god, what a naive statement.

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Smirks October 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

You act as if the onion has multiple layers to it.

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euwe max October 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

Dumbing down has reached the 8-year old level…

Cooties!

SCBlues October 8, 2014 at 4:51 am

“And Hillary Is Not The Solution”
I’m ready for Hillary!

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Sandy Burglar October 8, 2014 at 7:03 am

Of course you are! You love lying, malfeasant, incompetent, no qualifications needed people in positions of leadership. You and the rest of your liberal ilk. Which explains exactly why this country is in the shitty situation it is in today. Hell yea – Ready for Hillary!!

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Smirks October 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

I’m not ready for Hillary, but I’ll at least take delight that she’ll piss you off. :)

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Sandy Burglar October 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

She won’t even be the nominee…you heard it here first

euwe max October 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I’m beside myself with images of Hillary confiscating guns, imprisoning tea party hacks in re-education camps for tax evasion, and outlawing NASCAR, tractor pulls, hillbilly tv, and hate radio.

euwe max October 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Fuck Panetta, and the camel he rode in on.

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All Hope Lost October 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Fuck every last one of them. They have no balls in Washington. Its just a big country club atmosphere filled and controlled by special interest. It has never been about the people. Its all about them. It will take a civil war to correct what they have undermined and destroyed.

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I’ve seen a few of those “country club” moments in documentaries. It stinks to high heaven.

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FastEddy23 October 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

All the more reason to Abolish the IRS.

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max euwe October 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

The truth really hurts you…hugh?

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

CIA? Truth?

what does one thing have to do with the other?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein October 8, 2014 at 2:20 am Reply
euwe max October 8, 2014 at 3:03 am Reply
SCBlues October 8, 2014 at 4:50 am

“Check, Baby.”
Checkmate, Baby.

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm Reply
Vajazzled Vajayjay October 8, 2014 at 1:31 am

I have to be honest, when I read the txt…it screams “fake” to me….but then again I’ve been know to be naive at times to the abject stupidity in our world.

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Fuck Obama and Graham October 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

We pissed away borrowed money – 100s of Billions, if not a trillions, on Iraq and Afghanistan – Obamacare …. pissing away more 100s of Billions of illegal aliens and Obama’s threat of rogue and criminal executive order amnesty. This country is toast. The people are going to take up arms and revolt.

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FastEddy23 October 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

Latest (NY Slimes, et al) estimates: US$6 to US$7 Trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan … and more than US$1 Trillion on BummerCare PER YEAR!

Its Us against Them, so abolish the IRS, then let Them take years to figure it out.

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euwe max October 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm

As Ted and Lindsey entered the Senate steam room, both men could feel their hearts pound and their breath quicken. Alone. At last. How long had they craved this? How many nights had they dreamed of this erotic surrender? For Ted in particular, the journey had been a long one. From that first moment when he locked eyes with Lindsey in the cloak room, he knew he wanted this. Thoughts of hot, sweaty man-lust had consumed is mind and soul for weeks. And now, he found himself in a moment that truly owned him.

Standing in the middle of the steam, Lindsey put his hand on Ted’s shoulder. Cloaked in nothing but white towels, both men could feel their erections getting thick and full. There would be no turning back now. Lindsey escalated the encounter with a gentle kiss to the back of Ted’s neck. Ted, his eyes full of tears, turned to Lindsey and dropped his own towel to the tile floor. He gasped for breath and spoke with a crying whimper that could only come from a man so tormented by both excitement and shame.

“Take me, Sugar Daddy”, Ted uttered. “Make me your Southern belle”. . .

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idcydm October 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

lol max, lol

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euwe max October 8, 2014 at 5:25 am Reply
FastEddy23 October 8, 2014 at 9:49 am Reply
euwe max October 8, 2014 at 10:01 am Reply
FastEddy23 October 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

“… What drives you on (What drives you on)
Can drive you mad (Can drive you mad)
A million lies to sell yourself
Is all you ever had …”

I like it … keep ’em coming (2x antondrae’?)

route 66 October 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Anybody just watch Panetta destroy the Democrat Party in the interview on Fox?
What a treat after watching Tillis destroy that stuttering bitch Hagan in the debate tonight.

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SCBlues October 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

“What a treat after watching Tillis destroy that stuttering bitch Hagan in the debate tonight.”
You must not have watched the same interview that I watched – certainly did not see any “stuttering bitch”.
Be sure to come back the morning after the election. Tillis is not going to win – there is already a huge backlash happening in NC against what the Republicans have done that past few years. Watch and see.

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route 69 October 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

No.I didn’t watch an “interview”. I watched a “debate” between Tillis and Obama’s lying bitch.
It is so easy catching liberals in a lie-just watch their lips move.
Hagan has some kind of speech impediment that makes her sound like Elmer Fudd.

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M326 October 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

You know, if you are going to take a job from a man, accept awards from him and nice speeches, be a part of his internal decision making circle, well, it just seems to me that honor would demand he keep his mouth shut at least until the guy is out of office. I look at Panetta’s behavior as cheap. Possibly even harmful to our foreign policy. He is trying to sell his book and he is displaying amazing disloyalty. Who would want to buy this bum’s book? I know I won’t.

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idcydm October 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Or maybe he is really concerned, that’s the impression I received. .

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M326 October 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

That’s always a possibility. Would you have done to your former boss what he did? I wouldn’t have. Even if concerned there are plenty of other voices expressing that. No, this guy wants to cash in by selling his book. Guess I can’t blame him for wanting money but there are some things I just wouldn’t do.

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idcydm October 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

There have been three former Secretaries that have not been kind to Obama, do you not see a trend and what the common denominator is?

Would I have done it, no. I would have resigned and spoke up. But if that would have happened the press and Administration would have destroyed me. It would have been classified as sour grapes, an ax to grind, a malcontent.

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M326 October 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I am not a champion for Obama. I think he has made a number of strategic errors. I have supervised some big organizations and I am merely saying that a bit of loyalty makes things happen while personal agendas do little to promote the common good. I just think Panetta is pursuing his own gain which I find of little value in pursuing the good of the nation.

idcydm October 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Being retired Military I understand that loyalty to a person, like respect, is earned and many times I had to bit my lip, salute and say Yes Sir. But in this case, I think Panetta, being loyal to the nation, has some real concerns about the good of the nation and how this Administration governs.

M326 October 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I appreciate that. I was in the Field Artillery in the early 70’s. I still do not think Panetta is doing anything but selling books. To me, that is cheap fidelity.

idcydm October 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Thank you for your service. I appreciate and respect your opinion. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree, it’s been a good discussion, M326.

M326 October 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Agree.

bye bye dems October 7, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Panetta said Obama is AWOL and not protecting America.

bye bye dems October 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Panetta called Obama a “traitor” tonight. Case closed.

SCBlues October 8, 2014 at 4:53 am

” . . . .it just seems to me that honor would demand he keep his mouth shut at least until the guy is out of office.”
It is all about the book sales and the $$$$$$.

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FastEddy23 October 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

… and Mr. P. is passing the buck … and that buck should stop where?

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Thomas October 8, 2014 at 12:11 am

The perception among voters is the Democrats are not capable of foreign policy when it comes to carrying a big stick. Panetta and Clinton is trying to change that perception by bashing their President whom they served four years under? LoL

Take a look at what some Democrats call a viable candidate to be President. Leon is on the other end of the leash.

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shifty henry October 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

Seamus, the dog?

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There Is a Hidden Motive October 8, 2014 at 12:31 am

This is all a script. He will be promoting Hillary in the months ahead.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein October 8, 2014 at 2:30 am

Obama’s done enough.

Really.

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euwe max October 8, 2014 at 5:06 am

The rain of error returns – the war on Terra.

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Elfego October 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

Obama was never up to the job to start with. Any real investigative reporting would have shown that.

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vicupstate October 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

“There is a feeling and I have a feeling that the leadership and the president have given up on the big issues facing this country whether it’s immigration or a budget deal or infrastructure funding or trade or energy,” he said.

If Obama hasn’t ‘given up’ on the aforementioned issues, then he should. The GOP controls the House and they will destroy this country on purpose before they will let Obama have any sort of achievement in the time he has left.

That is simply accepting reality.

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Frank Lee Morals October 8, 2014 at 9:15 am

Funny.Panetta essentially called Muslim Obama a traitor last night and stated Obama had sent this country into a steady “decline”.

Forget impeachment-just have him arrested for treason.

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Manray October 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

This is part of the run-up to Hillary’s 2016 campaign. Panetta is one of the Clinton camp. Hillary is setting up a tale of her opposition to Obama and his positions on U.S. efforts in Syria. She’ll try to pose as tough on foreign policy issues.

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snickering October 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

Obama didn’t give up, Panetta did.

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MrChow October 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Where are all the people chanting “ohh-baahh-MAH!” “oohh-baaah-MAH!” Yes we can! Yes we can!

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snickering October 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Well one chanter is you, but I’ll be on the look out for others.

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