Speaking of Drone Strikes, Leon Panetta Says They’re Awesome
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm
The Washington Post sits down with the CIA director, who has lots of great things to say about how the CIA is disrupting al-Qaeda:
Panetta credited an increasingly aggressive campaign against al-Qaeda and its Taliban allies, including more frequent strikes and better coordination with Pakistan. He called it “the most aggressive operation that CIA has been involved in in our history.”
“Those operations are seriously disrupting al-Qaeda,” Panetta said. “It’s pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling. And that we really do have them on the run.”
Circumstances are such that there’s practically no independent way of evaluating Panetta’s claims, and yet you can’t exactly not report them when he gives them to you. As such, it’s kind of like saying, “Senior Official Says His People Are Doing a Great Job at Something Important.”
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