1. When leadership is lacking, intra-party infighting increases inevitably
2. You got the bluedogs vs the progressives vs Pelosi vs the freshmen in the house
3. You got certain elements within the blue delegation calling former teammates "brain dead"
4. You got Maxine Waters calling out Emanuel for bringing in too many centrists
5. There's Gene Green blaming Frisco Nance for running up cap and trade before health care
6. And now it's the CIA vs the Justice Dept
7. Panetta is the president's punching pillow
8. And the veteran apparatchik---former OMB director, Clinton's Chief of Staff, ex Budget Cmte Chair, bona fide adult---doesn't like it
9. Obama, to try to salvage some smidgen of respect, after the disastrous defeat of health care, opts to go after LOW LEVEL agents at Langley for making mean threats, blowing second hand cigarette smoke in bad guys' faces, and holding a Black and Decker power drill (Home Depot, $39.95) aside the hairy ear of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and revving it really loud
10. The prez lacks the GUTS to go after the BIG BOYS
11. He'll never get a conviction, either---the evidence is too old and shady, the legal foundations too flimsy
12. Which leaves, therefore, only the cheap politics
13. A sop to his outraged liberal left this play can be interpreted as
14. Seen broadly, it's an error---POLITICALLY---of stunning proportion
15. America couldn't care less about the tender feelings of the world's cruelest criminals
16. Indeed, if anything, Americans feel we've been too SOFT
17. America worries over THE ECONOMY and sees partisan political hits as mistimed, misplaced and beneath where leadership's mindset should be
18. America craves SECURITY from international terror which is still unfortunately very REAL
19. Cheney and Holder/Pelosi already fought this out, long and hard, several months ago
20. Dick the Darth's polls actually climbed dramatically, while every pundit panned the president
21. On the WRONG SIDE of yet another issue is our TIN EARED (despite the largeness of the lobes) leader
22. No less than Serpent Head, James Carville, called Obama/Holder's move to appoint a prosecutor "terrible politics"
23. Meanwhile, morale within Langley is sure to suffer greatly
24. What agent is gonna put himself out for a president so lily livered, wishy washy, weak kneed and back stabbing?
25. How many times has Obama said he was gonna investigate "abuses," then he wasn't, then he was, then he wasn't?
26. Now, he insists he's going forward, but this is the last you'll hear of it from the White House---for months
27. Meanwhile, CRITICS of this clueless cabal will be constantly calling out Holder's crass capitalization of our counter-terrorist services
28. Which is all you really need to know
29. Normal Americans worry that our intelligence gathering and processing capacities are compromised for no more than political purpose
30. Meanwhile, the president insults all adults by asserting he has no part in this, AG Holder is acting purely independently---LOL!
31. Mr Panetta feels waylaid, he has received assurances from leadership that after the release of classified memos to the world in March there would be no prosecutors appointed
32. But then health care went down in flames and everything changed
WASHINGTON — With the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate detainee abuses, long-simmering conflicts between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department burst into plain view this week, threatening relations between two critical players on President Obama’s national security team.
The tension between the agencies complicates how the administration handles delicate national security issues, particularly the tracking and capturing of suspected terrorists overseas. It also may distract Mr. Obama, who is trying to move beyond the battles of the Bush years to focus on an ambitious domestic agenda, most notably health care legislation.
The strains became evident inside the administration in the past several weeks. In July, Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, tried to head off the investigation, administration officials said. He sent the C.I.A.’s top lawyer, Stephen W. Preston, to Justice to persuade aides to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to abandon any plans for an inquiry.
Mr. Preston presented what was, in effect, a closing argument in defense of the C.I.A., contending that many potential cases against intelligence operatives were legally flawed and noting that they had already been investigated, some more than once. In none, he said, had prosecutors found grounds for charges.
But the Justice Department was unmoved, officials said. Despite the C.I.A. pressure and the stated desire of the White House not to dwell on the past, Mr. Holder went ahead with an investigation that will determine whether agents broke the law in their brutal interrogations.