- An opening excerpt from Jonah's report:
The secretary of defense in his best grown-up voice says:
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
- The proper doctrine is: Even if there are only one of ours in jeopardy, we must send in even a battalion to rescue immediately.
- How did this Panetta get this job? It's O.K. for ambassador to Andorra, but Secretary of Defense?
- Perhaps got a peek into files when he was the Go Fer for the first black President Clinton.