Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I am not thrilled about this development

It is being reported that, following the departure of Robert Gates, Leon Panetta will be taking over as SECDEF and GEN Petraeus will be moving from his position in Afghanistan to Director of the CIA. 

Two questions:

First – why is Panetta in line for SECDEF?  As far as I know the guy has zero experience in that area and has demonstrated during his time at the CIA that he is incapable of adopting to the demands of a job like this.

Second – Why is Petraeus being tapped for the CIA.  Nothing against him, but as far as I know he has no experience in the Intelligence arena, and given that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be opening soon I think that would be a far better post for him (even though it is the Marines turn). 

How about we get an intelligence professional in at CIA and someone with a track record of some sort of success in at Defense, instead of just playing musical chairs with cabinet level posts?

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