Today, TP’s Faiz Shakir went on MSNBC and debated the Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner on whether or not Leon Panetta is qualified to lead the CIA. Faiz argued that the CIA doesn’t need a director who’s going to simply “produce reports”; more important is his ability to get the attention from the White House, as highlighted by the inability of George Tenet to do so:
SHAKIR: A quick story: You know, George Tenet got into a car on July 10, 2001, and went over to the White House and tried to warn Condoleezza Rice about 9/11. They didn’t listen to him, and that’s because they didn’t really trust George Tenet. Leon Panetta is quite the opposite. He’s somebody who the White House is going to trust and that’s good news for the agency employees.