Seriously. Didn't anyone tell Panetta that CIA directors typically fail? From the expanding drone war to killing bin Laden and now outlasting Eric Holder on torture prosecutions. A rare-if-unprecedented 100-to-0 Senate confirmation for SecDef. He should be on that Khaled remix.
Just yesterday, the CIA's reputation for incompetence had congealed into conventional wisdom. Would anyone say that about the CIA now? Similarly, with Petraeus' political untouchability shading CIA for the next X number of years, what kinds of cock-ups will go uncriticized? Let this be a lesson to stay even-keeled, fair and skeptical when trying to assess CIA performance from the outside.