“Panetta’s Pentagon, Without the Blank Check” by Peter Baker (TIMES, 10/24/11)


     I believe it was  David Stocker (?), a Republican Cabinet member in the Reagan administration, who suggested that the Secretary of Defense was a salesman for the defense industry.  Bearing that in mind, we should never give such an official a “blank check.”

     Whatever his intention in writing this piece, Peter Baker has revealed another appointed official in a powerful position in a democratic government.  After Donald Rumsfeld, that makes me nervous.  The United States does not need someone who can act the Roman proconsul while holding such an important position.

     Leon Panetta claims Dwight Eisenhower as a hero of his.  I hope he remembers Eisenhower’s warning about the great influence of the military-industrial complex in the affairs of our government.

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