Leon Panetta. What did he know and when did he know it. He’s not telling.
With his book, Worthy Fights, just out on the book stands, and now making the round of the talk show circuits, Leon Panetta’s comment made this morning to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC caught my attention. His comment involved the debacle of Benghazi, and that he knew that it was a terrorist attack.
“When you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on.”
Panetta has long been an acolyte of the Clintons, having served in the Administration as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and later as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1994-97. Therefore, his dissing of Obama made openly and in his book are immediately taken in the context of Panetta doing his part to separate Hillary from Obama and bolster her run in 2016. While that may true, I can’t help but wonder that if Panetta instinctively knew that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, why did he not more forcefully come out and say so during the Benghazi aftermath. Oops! national election time. Playing the good soldier.
However, now, he’s faced with a second dilemma. Tell what he really knows and he sinks Hillary in 2016. Tell what he really knows as he makes the media circuit, and if an off-guarded moment, we may yet find out where Obama really was on the night of the Consulate attack. But off-guard is not Panetta style, so one can only dream. Perhaps this might be Panetta’s payback to the Obama Administration for having to keep quiet during 2012. With Obama looking more and more incompetent in the foreign policy arena, what better time to land some punches in prior to November 2014.
Unfortunately, for the families of Amb. Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, it’s too little, too late.