President Reagan will be turning over in his grave on November 15 when the second annual “Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award” is given to President Obama’s former CIA director and Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.
As we noted when Panetta was nominated by Obama for the Pentagon post, his Congressional career “was dedicated to fighting Reagan’s defense build-up and anti-communist policies.”
He is also a notorious leaker, having disclosed top secret information to Hollywood filmmakers about the Special Forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
The “Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award” recognizes “the exemplary dedication and service of individuals in the defense of the United States and its people.”
In our column, “Panetta’s War on Reagan’s Defense Policies,” we noted that at a time in the 1980s when Reagan had said, “In virtually every measure of military power the Soviet Union enjoys a decided advantage,” Panetta was a liberal California congressman who “sought to undermine Reagan’s pro-defense policies at every turn.”
This, of course, is why Obama picked him.
In addition to his anti-defense record, Panetta had a relationship with Communist Party figure Hugh DeLacy, who had ties to Soviet and Chinese intelligence operatives. It was never clear if Senate investigators or the FBI, or both, investigated Panetta’s background.
DeLacy was one of only two congressmen exposed as a member of the Moscow-funded Communist Party.
We reported that Panetta was so far to the left that he praised a pro-Soviet “peace activist,” Lucy Haessler, and had asked President Jimmy Carter for clemency for Leonard Peltier–the radical American Indian activist serving life in prison for killing two FBI agents.
Why the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library is giving Panetta an award is beyond comprehension. The foundation serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President.
Panetta was Obama’s Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011, and Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.
As Obama’s CIA Director, he was responsible for an egregious leak of classified information, identifying the unit that conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden and the ground commander by name at a ceremony with Hollywood filmmakers working on the film “Zero Dark Thirty” known to be present. This information was classified as top secret.
The film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” was widely perceived as an attempt to make the Obama administration look tough on terror.
John Hayward’s Human Events article referred to Panetta’s “good leak,” as perceived by the Obama administration, versus disclosures about administration wrong-doing that were being punished.
Judicial Watch obtained a CIA internal report confirming that Panetta had revealed classified information at the June 24, 2011 bin Laden assault awards ceremony.
A draft copy of a Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General report on the Pentagon’s cooperation with the makers of the film also confirmed that Panetta had disclosed top secret information about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. But the final copy of the report from the Inspector General contained nothing about Panetta’s disclosure.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom