In today’s Washington Post, Leon Panetta tells Congress to cut the crap. He doesn’t mention Queen Nancy by name, but she has been leading the charge against the CIA whom she claims “lie to Congress all the time” so this has to be aimed at her – at least in part.
Unfortunately, rather than providing an opportunity to start a new chapter in CIA-congressional relations, the meeting sparked a fresh round of recriminations about the past. I recognize that there will always be tension in oversight relationships, but there are also shared responsibilities. Those include protecting the classified information that shapes our conversations. Together, the CIA and Congress must find a balance between appropriate oversight and a recognition that the security of the United States depends on a CIA that is totally focused on the job of defending America.