Leon Panetta has been a loyal Democrat his entire political career. He started out as a Representative from California and worked his way up the political ladder to the Director’s seat of the CIA and then to Secretary of Defense.
Panetta played Obama’s party line when he lied to the families of the Benghazi victims. As Obama gave the orders to start slicing and dicing the military and reducing our defense by at least a third, Panetta went along with his boss. When Obama insisted that homosexuals be allowed to openly serve in the military, Panetta kissed his master’s feet and complied. When Obama waged war against Christians in the military, Panetta did as he was told without questioning why.
Since leaving the Obama administration in February 2013, Panetta has been a bit more outspoken with criticism aimed at his former boss, and rightly so. In a recent interview with USA Today’s Susan Page, Panetta was asked about the foreseeable future concerning the fight with ISIS. Panetta responded:
“I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war in which could take a long time to be able to go after these elements.”
Panetta also stated that he believes the war on ISIS and Islamic terrorism will extend to Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere.
Panetta’s new book, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, Panetta reveals his criticism of the Obama administration. Three major mistakes that Obama made are listed as:
By not pushing the Iraqi government harder to allow a residual U.S. force to remain when troops withdrew in 2011, a deal he says could have been negotiated with more effort. That “created a vacuum in terms of the ability of that country to better protect itself, and it’s out of that vacuum that ISIS began to breed.” Islamic State also is known as ISIS and ISIL.
By rejecting the advice of top aides — including Panetta and then-secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — to begin arming Syrian rebels in 2012. If the U.S. had done so, “I do think we would be in a better position to kind of know whether or not there is some moderate element in the rebel forces that are confronting (Syrian President Bashar) Assad.”
By warning Assad not to use chemical weapons against his own people, then failing to act when that “red line” was crossed in 2013. Before ordering airstrikes, Obama said he wanted to seek congressional authorization, which predictably didn’t happen.
Vice President Joe Biden has already rebuked Panetta’s book and the criticism that he leveled at Obama, but top Democrats always seem to be unable to handle truthful criticism.
The big question is whether or not Panetta’s assessment of a 30 year war with ISIS and Islamic extremists is realistic. The United States has already been at war with al Qaeda and the Taliban for the past 13 years and yet both organizations seem to be thriving still. Can the US endure at least 17 more years of this type of fighting?
I remember talking to former US Sen. Barry Goldwater when I worked with him on a committee. About a year after Richard Nixon and United Nations turned South Vietnam over to the communist North Vietnam, I asked Goldwater if Vietnam was ever a winnable war. He told me that as long as the United Nations was controlling US actions, no, it was not a winnable war. If the US fought to its full capabilities without any interference from the United Nations, yes, the US could have easily won the war and driven the communists out of South and North Vietnam.
As I see how long the US has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan and now hear Panetta predicting a 30 year war with ISIS, I wonder if it really is a winnable war. We are fighting with a coalition that is still being controlled by the United Nations to some degree. If Barack Obama had not reduced our military to the paltry level it is now and the US actually went in to fight an all-out war, I believe we could win and in less time than Panetta is predicting. But as long as we cater to the dictates and whims of the United Nations, I don’t believe we stand a chance of winning and that it will senselessly cost the lives of thousands of American men and women.
If it were up to me, the first war I would wage would be against the United Nations and kick them out of the US. Then I would return our military to their full might before Obama got his hands on them and I would give an edict to our military leaders to wipe al Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haran and ISIS off the face of the earth.