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2009-01-05 Home Front: Politix
Obama picks Leon Panetta to head CIA
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Posted by tu3031 2009-01-05 15:39|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [439 views ]  Top

#1 His Wik bio says "he joined the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. There he received the Army Commendation Medal, and was discharged in 1966 as a Captain." Appears to be a very brief career as an Army officer, but at least he served.
Posted by Besoeker 2009-01-05 17:33||   2009-01-05 17:33|| Front Page Top

Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world

Anyone notice a pattern?
Posted by DMFD 2009-01-05 17:53||   2009-01-05 17:53|| Front Page Top

#3 At the CIA this will be seen as a feature, not a bug.
Posted by Besoeker 2009-01-05 17:56||   2009-01-05 17:56|| Front Page Top

#4 Lets wait and see.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2009-01-05 18:30||   2009-01-05 18:30|| Front Page Top

#5 Darn. I was hoping for Mary Mapes or Ariana Huffington for the job. Rats...
Posted by Muggsy Glink 2009-01-05 19:12||   2009-01-05 19:12|| Front Page Top

#6 The pattern of Obama picks is not inexperience, but lengthy service sans accomplishment. It makes sense that a guy whose most notable acheivement is the number of times he voted "present" would pick someone like Panetta.

Leadership? Anyone? Anyone?
Posted by Tiny Wheater9210 2009-01-05 19:34||   2009-01-05 19:34|| Front Page Top

#7 Does it even matter anymore who heads the CIA? It seems to have been largely disfunctional for some time. Unless they are using the Colombo Peter Falk) model of operation.
Posted by Glenmore">Glenmore  2009-01-05 19:41||   2009-01-05 19:41|| Front Page Top

#8 Humm...... didn't he step dwon from the Chief-of_Staff job/
Posted by .5MT 2009-01-05 20:04||]">[]  2009-01-05 20:04|| Front Page Top

#9 except that Colombo would actually get results.
Posted by Cheash Bluetooth aka Broadhead6 2009-01-05 20:30||   2009-01-05 20:30|| Front Page Top

#10 The CIA has been getting results in Pakistan, much to their local minders' frustration. As I recall, they are the ones controlling the UAVs on the Pakistan side of the Durand line.
Posted by trailing wife ">trailing wife  2009-01-05 21:56||   2009-01-05 21:56|| Front Page Top

#11 Leon's highest compliment in the Clinton Admin was that he wasn't as much of an asshole as the rest. This nomination is a joke, and tells you how seriously Obambi takes the WOT
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2009-01-05 22:21||   2009-01-05 22:21|| Front Page Top

#12 Panetta's job will be to protect Obama from the CIA, so that they won't be able to undermine him like they did Bush.
Posted by tipper 2009-01-05 22:44||   2009-01-05 22:44|| Front Page Top

#13 Obama had a hard time with this one.

The people with experience know too much.
Posted by mhw 2009-01-05 23:15||   2009-01-05 23:15|| Front Page Top

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