Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Sunday slammed Congress on CNN’s State of the Union naming them the biggest threat to national security.
Host Jim Acosta asked Panetta if President Obama is going to be able to work with Republicans to get his war measure against ISIS passed. But before an answer was provided, Acosta read something Panetta had previously written criticizing the president:
He does, however, lack fire. Too often, in my view, the president relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader.
But now, Panetta has changed his tune and expressed his confidence in the commander in chief saying, “I don’t think there’s any question that the president could get this done.”
Panetta then said the problem doesn’t lie with the president at all but with a stalemate Congress who apparently aren’t toeing Obama’s line:
Look, you want to know what the biggest national security threat is to this country right now? It’s the total dysfunction in Washington. The fact that so little can be done by the Congress. They can’t even resolve the issue of Homeland Security. They can’t deal with budgets. They can’t deal with immigration reform. They can’t deal with infrastructure. They can’t deal with other issues. If they wind up not being able to deal with this war authorization, that sends a terrible message to the world.