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Hey, Leon Panetta, why didn’t you speak out when it mattered?

Hey, Leon Panetta, why didn’t you speak out when it mattered?

“I told you so” from the former Defense Secretary helps frame the election debate, but comes late in the game.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s new book, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, was released yesterday, and what it reveals has the media gaping—Democrats scrambling for a distraction.

Panetta’s memoir focuses on several aspects of Obama’s foreign policy, but the section that’s causing the most chatter highlights the complete lack of leadership shown after the attack on our embassy in Benghazi:

On the deadly 2012 siege of the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Panetta said the administration had no indication of an attack coinciding with the Sept. 11 anniversary. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the violence.

Panetta, who also served as director of the CIA, said he questioned “from the beginning” the CIA’s initial assessment that the attack was the work of a mob of protesters rather than an organized assault. “It seemed to me that most spontaneous demonstrators don’t arrive for a protest carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers,” he said.

But Panetta defended the intelligence agency, saying such work is difficult and often contradictory. “It was not clear at the time that there were two separate incidents, separated by distance and by several hours,” he said.

“I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was, when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going and. And I just—from the very beginning sensed that this was an attack…that this was a terrorist attack on our compound.”

Secretary Panetta also spoke out against Obama’s handling of our military presence in the Middle East, and highlighted mistakes the President made with regards to the Syrian Civil War. Via NBC News:

He says that and a lack of concern for the civil war in Syria — and the president not acting decisively when it was proven that Assad used chemical weapons — helped created fertile ground for ISIS to grow strong.

“I think when we stepped out of Iraq, in many ways, we created this vacuum in which not a lot of attention was paid to what was happening in Iraq or what was happening in Syria with the extremists who were developing a base of operations there,” said Panetta. “That combination, plus obviously not getting all of the intelligence that we should’ve had on it, I think is what produced the ISIS that we’re confronting today.”

The fact of the matter is that memoirs like Panetta’s always come with the same sort of bombastic “I told you so” fanfare.

Hey Leon, why didn’t you speak up when we needed you most?

But at this point in the game, optics are crucial not only for the Obama Administration, but for the Democratic Party’s rising stars.

If Republicans are able to maintain the momentum given them by ongoing revelations from people like Panetta, and capitalize on the picture of incompetence that’s being painted, they both set themselves up to win big in 2014, and prime the pump for 2016.

It’s a big “if,” but it’s a also solid one:

If the majority of the country agrees with Roger Simon, Democrats closely associated with the policies of this Administration don’t have a prayer.

So expect more attacks on Panetta from Obama supporters (via Weekly Standard):


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Kudos – “Hey, Leon Panetta, why didn’t you speak out when it mattered?” has to be the best headline of the day/week/month!

    Q. Why didn’t you speak out when it mattered?

    A. Because I’m a Democrat first and foremost. Party first in all things. You should know that. Occasionally I’m a American

      MarkS in reply to pfg. | October 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      …and right now my mission is to separate Hillary from Obama. After all 2016 is approaching fast

        LVN in reply to MarkS. | October 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

        It appears Hillary cannot win in 16 if Obama is still in office, and the Dem establishment, through Panetta, who is their stall worth, got the green light from TPTB and gave the Republicans the ok to impeach the Bamster after the mid terms. Obama has screwed it up beyond his mandate, and now he has to pay the price. Bye Bye Barry

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | October 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

Wonder what Panetta has to say about this?

Media missing in action on Fast and Furious

“And I just—from the very beginning sensed that this was an attack…that this was a terrorist attack on our compound.”

As, in truth, did anyone with a working brain.

But we got the LIE from the Obami respecting a “video”, PLUS the filthy attack on the 1st Amendment by Barracula and his enabler, Ol’ Walleyes Clinton and her minions.

DINORightMarie | October 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

Even better question: why did Panetta LIE to Congress while UNDER OATH?! He covered for 0 and for Hillary…..surprise, surprise – NOT!

He is a Clinton crony who is re-writing history and his own lying rhetoric to pave the way for Hillary 2016.

He, along with Holder – and Hillary, IMHO – belong IN JAIL. For LIFE.

Doug Wright Old Grouchy | October 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

What matters is that Panetta did nothing to support this country even after Benghazi. That was when it mattered, not now.

Being a Democrat now means that the country is never important, only the party; Scoop Jackson Democrats have been totally replaced by McGovern’s Socialist “Democrats.”

Destruction of Panetta in 3,2,1…

He’s another Forrest Gump…..He was there for the Blue Dress and again there for the fake video…. All while wearing a Sh!t Happens T-Shirt

Proxy of Hillary. Only speaking now to distance her from Obama’s failures.

I guess “If you see something, say something” only applies to the little people.

buckeyeminuteman | October 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

He was SECDEF for all of what, a year and a half? Some friends of mine who are Air Force pilots say he got flown on AF aircraft from DC back to his place in California every weekend. His only accomplish in the DoD was…ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. What a skunk!

Guess he never knew that he was Secretary of Defense of AMERICA, not Defense of Obama.

Watched the O’Baxter interview last night. Panetta opened up a Waffle House franchise that set.

Henry Hawkins | October 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Panetta has nothing to lose with this and everything to gain. He’s a career near-top government official. He won’t be running for office, ever. He’s a dyed in the wool Clintonista whose only hope at another Cabinet post is another Clinton turn in the WH. A GOP prez will not appoint him. Another Obama-like uberliberal Dem prez will not appoint him. Nobody – private sector or government sector – will hire a whistleblower to a high position, lest he/she blow the whistle on them, so Leon shuts up after Benghazi until he’s off the team.

Duh! Because his book was not finished then. Now when that’s done, Panetta is looking for publicity to increase his book’s sales figures.

Leon Panetta is as corrupt and dishonest as anyone he’s critiquing. Let’s not forget who this malignant clown really is:

What a deluded blowhard! Obama got Bin Laden, Obama advanced the country’s interests, Obama made some tough calls … what universe does this guy live in? None of that is true in this one!