Leon Panetta

With the C.I.A.’s involvement in killing Osama bin Laden, is there any question that Leon Panetta will get complete Senate confirmation as Secretary of Defense?

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  1. TempeBev

    There’s always a question about what will or will not happen in DC.

  2. dog hussein dog

    I don’t like the idea of releasing the bin Laden death photos.

    What do you all think?

    • dnd

      I don’t care to see the photos before or after he was shot. Who cares? The “deathers” aren’t gonna believe it and it might incite some.

      But it’s gonna be interesting to see what happens from the intel they got when they raided his compound.

  3. I think the photos have to be released. Regarding Panetta and the senate, I agree with Bev, I’m sure the repug scum will find away to drag things out.

  4. Dooty

    I am with Brian on the release of the photos.

  5. TempeBev

    I think they should release something – there are too many nay-sayers around and this will turn into Donald Trump’s new “death certificate” mandate. All of the above comments have valid points pro and con about the photos. I’m glad it’s not my decision to release them.

  6. TempeBev

    MSNBC breaking news – Pres. O has decided not to release the photos.

  7. dog hussein dog

    Understand why some here are in favor of releasing the photos, but relieved that President Obama has decided against it.

    Time to be better than the fools who are dragging our society and civic discourse into the sewer.

    I hope this is a lesson to push back. Also to work to improve relations with the Muslim world AND help them make political progress after their “Arab Spring.”

    Don’t see where the photos’ release would help a bit there.

    And if Republicans or other detractors want to make a huge issue about this, let them.

    Just point out they are calling the Navy SEALs and US military liars when they question bin Laden’s demise. And hammer them again and again with that.

  8. dog hussein dog

    Last, I find it very odd that those riding religion to political office (and we have many in this country) — religion being the ultimate example of a faith in the unseen — demand irrefutable proof of facts that would not be in doubt in a less polarized society.

    dnd’s point is good, and perhaps action based on better intel (from the compound) will be the final proof of OBL’s leaving this world.

    • dnd

      Sra Dog,
      The reason they want impossibly irrefutable proof is because they don’t want to believe it’s true.

      Ask Galileo about his problems with the Church when his telescope confirmed Copernicus’ theory that the earth revolved around the sun, contrary to scripture.

  9. dog's eye view

    re Panetta and the death photos: sometimes I wonder if the administration sets up bad cop/good cop.

    NYTimes says Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton argued strenuously against the release.

    Maybe a way of having it all ways: don’t release the photos (and the NYTimes readers comments are praising Obama for that) BUT your SecDefense nominee gets to look like he supported a lot of Republicans’ preference on this but got overruled.

    Ciao.

  10. TempeBev

    I’m glad a decision has been made and I fully agree with the reasons given for not releasing the photos. Want to make it clear that I was not eagerly awaiting to see them. I sincerely hope this is the end of the subject of pictures.

    Republicans have decided to move away from cuts to Medicare – now they’re considering farm subsidies instead.

  11. dog hussein dog

    And yes. There was a dog involved in the raid on bin Laden’s compound.

    Who’s the Dog Hero of the Raid on Bin Laden?
    A Bin Laden Hunter on Four Legs

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/science/05dog.html?ref=middleeast

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