From the A.P. June 15, 2009: A top secret memo from President Obama to CIA director Leon Panetta has been leaked to the public. Sources inside the White House have confirmed that it is authentic, and that the White House is furiously attempting to find out who the culprit is that leaked the memo to the Wall Street Journal. The memo, which was sent out just before Mr. Panetta went public with his criticism of Mr. Cheney. Mr. Panetta was quoted by the New Yorker as saying about Mr. Cheney:
“I think he smells some blood in the water on the national security issue,” Panetta said in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine’s June 22 issue. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.”
In the Presidential memo, signed by Mr. Obama and marked “Top Secret,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Panetta to give that exact quote to The New Yorker. Mr. Obama explained in the memo that his position was getting “creamed in the court of public opinion” by Mr. Cheney’s counter- arguments. It noted that it was useless to try to best Mr. Cheney’s logic. It went on to note that therefore the Obama Administration would have to, “in accordance with Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” (1), “attack Mr. Cheney personally.” President Obama instructed Mr. Panetta to attack Mr. Cheney’s motive instead of his logic. Question whether he was speaking out due to base motives rather than concern for country and Patriotism. The memo ended with the instruction that Mr. Panetta hurry up with his attack on the former Vice President, “because we are getting creamed in the polls on this issue.” (2)
(1) “Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.”
(2) Ok, you caught me. There really wasn’t such a memo. But you know that it went down almost exactly like this.