January 05, 2009

Obama taps Leon Panetta to head the CIA

Via Fox News

Bill Clinton's former chief of staff Leon Panetta has been tapped to head the CIA in President-elect Barack Obama's administration, causing surprise and a bit of consternation by several individuals involved in the intelligence community.

Two Democratic sources close to the transition process said Monday that Panetta, who was a congressman and one-time head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, is Obama's pick to replace Michael Hayden at the CIA.

One Democratic official also confirmed that retired Adm. Dennis Blair is Obama's choice for national intelligence director. That announcement is not unexpected. The 34-year old Navy veteran was chief of the U.S. Pacific Command during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Blair is also a China expert, and he was an associate director for military support at the CIA.

Panetta is a surprise pick since he has no experience in the intelligence world. However, as chief of staff he had considerable access to intelligence information and knows how the community operates.

Allow me a moment to rant if you will.

We lost roughly 3,000 people on the morning of Sept 11,2001 and we are in a struggle with the people who caused those deaths....and this is Obama's pick to lead the CIA hunt for Al Qaeda's leaders who caused those deaths.

This man should not be confirmed....and must be fought.

By Matt Damon at 06:01 PM | Comments |