I think immoral
may be too strong a word, but I certainly understand brandon's point of view.
Unfortunately people do what Panetta did all the time, and while I don't think it rises to libel or slander it certainly isn't appealing.
I do, however, believe it was irresponsible for the Director of the CIA to make this comment while he was being interviewed a Director Panetta, not private citizen Panetta, or even political hack Panetta.
The comment was, at best, a cheap political attack, but I suppose he can be given some slack since it was made to a New Yorker reporter, and who reads anything but the cartoons in that magazine?
Reuters and other irresponsible media ran the "story" under the headline
I see from one of Walter's posts that the New London Daily and the Washington Times ran it under
Good for them, but better still if their papers pointed out the irresponsibility of the CIA Director.
It doesn't matter which political party holds the White House, blatant partisanship by the CIA Director, FBI Director, or the Attorney General is dangerous and highly inappropriate.
Before anyone goes there I don't think the partisanship of Atty General Gonzales was appropriate either.