January 19, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Panetta, Cheney and Manadal al-Jamadi

This week Jane Mayer interviewed CIA Chief Leon Panetta in The New Yorker.  The mainstream press highlighted Panetta’s comment about Cheney’s dire predictions: “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,” he told me. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.”

Buried on P.57 is the news about 3 prisoners who died in our hands, by our hand.  And in particular, Manadel al-Jamadi, about whom we know nothing.  Except that he was hung blindfolded, by his wrists, his ribs broken. He died that way, November 2, 2003, basically crucified.  Panetta--Cheney

In my piece for the article I looked at the stressers on Panetta.  You could also consider  the stressers on the CIA: those between the moral voice of Obama and the pull of Cheney and those he left behind.  And to then consider Manadal al-Jamadi and . . . how many others.

Panetta Final550