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“It isn’t the attention that he seeks, it’s that there is this nagging suspicion that the RNC isn’t being run as effectively as it should be,” says another political consultant, who is under contract to the RNC. “We’re raising good money, but you wonder if it’s being spent effectively to prepare for the coming two election cycles.”
On December 30, seven CIA employees and/or contractors were murdered by a suicide bomber, who was allowed to enter Forward Operating Base Chapman, a U.S. compound in the Afghan province of Khost near the Pakistan border. The facility is said by intelligence sources to be a launching point for covert activities against the Taliban, as well as al Qaeda.
The terrorist attack, which served as the second-largest loss of life of CIA assets in the agency’s history, will no doubt further erode the CIA employees’ confidence in CIA director Leon Panetta. “He wasn’t a popular pick when he came in, and he’s less popular now than was he was then,” says a current CIA employee. “On a level of one to ten, I’d put morale at about a four, and dropping.”
Panetta, according to other intelligence agency staffers, has, in the view of employees, failed to back them up in the ongoing war of words over use of enhanced interrogation techniques, in hearings before Congress, and with the powers that be in the White House that seem dismissive of the agency.
“The fact that we are being hung out to dry on the failed [Christmas Day] terrorist attack is just the latest issue we’ve had to deal with,” says the source. “Isn’t it funny that for about six or so years, no major terrorist attacks, lots of information sharing, and then we get a new administration and new orders and new ways of doing business and it’s all our fault. And we have a boss who probably will just let us take the fall.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online