CIA Director Nominee: Leon Panetta

January 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Posted in CIA | 2 Comments
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Leon Panetta has apparently been named as President-Elect Obama’s nominee for the position of CIA Director.

Leon Panetta has spent a lifetime in public service, including Director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration. For the past 11 years, he and his wife have founded and operated The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy. but I was looking through his background specifically to try to answer the question of why the CIA.

What I learned (from Wikpedia, yeah, I know, I should do better but I’m supposed to be working) is that when he was in the Army in the 1960s he was for some period of time chief of operations and planning of the intelligence section at the former Fort Ord in Monterey Bay, California.

Obviously, that little biographical detail isn’t the whole of it, but when put together with Mr. Panetta’s clear management and organizational experience, much of it in the federal government, the nomination makes a lot of sense.

I foresee a major tightening of the defense budget.

My impression from my brief tour, links to some of which are included here, is that Leon Panetta is a competent adult who will serve President Obama and the country well, as he has done in the past.

Here’s a link to an op-ed Leon Panetta wrote in March of 2008 for the Monterey County Herald in which he talks about the politics of fear and makes pretty clear he understands that torture is illegal.

Below is the video of the official announcement of Leon Panetta for CIA Director and retired Admiral Dennis Blair for Director of National Intelligence.



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