Friday, February 11, 2011

NY Sun: Palin or Panetta?

Even the LA Times says Obama Admin. had "mixed message" on Egypt
A Friday New York Sun editorial addresses the question of who has had the better intelligence, Sarah Palin or Leon Panetta?
For the past day or so the former governor of Alaska has been mocked on some of the most famous blogs in the land for answering a question about Egypt with what the Little Green Footballs ridiculed as “an especially colorful word salad.” The question about Egypt had been asked of her by David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. “It’s a difficult situation,” she responded.

“This is that 3 a.m. White House phone call,” she added, “and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House, it seems that that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody yet has explained to the American public what they know — and surely they know more than the rest of us know — who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak.”

The Internet commentators were still laughing about Mrs. Palin’s circumlocutions when the reports started surfacing that the Central Intelligence Agency was declaring that Mr. Mubarak would resign before the end of the day. The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, went so far as to make that prediction in testimony before the Congress. He had barely spoken than the Egyptian strongman turned around and announced that he was not resigning.

So with the news today that Mubarak had transferred his his powers to the military and headed for the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the political figure in America who called attention to the Obama administration’s "all of the above" responses to Egypt is the same one her detractors have ridiculed for her everyday-American plain language that only leftists don't seem to be able to understand. The sun's editors conclude, "It looks like Mr. Obama would have gained better intelligence all along if he listened less to Mr. Panetta and more to Mrs. Palin."

h/t: Benyamin Korn

- JP

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