Jim Newton

Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights' critiques Obama's policies

Leon Panetta's 'Worthy Fights' critiques Obama's policies

As a young Republican in 1969, Leon Panetta joined the Nixon administration as the director of the Office of Civil Rights. Panetta worked to integrate Southern schools, but after discovering that Richard Nixon's White House was trying to delay integration, Panetta resigned. He wrote a 1971 memoir, "Bring Us Together: The Nixon Team and the Civil Rights Retreat," which savaged the administration. Nixon said that Panetta's book was a "case history on how to screw the White House."

When President-elect Barack Obama offered Panetta the job of director of the CIA, Panetta warned Obama, "I'd feel an obligation to tell you the truth, no matter how...