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Obama Picks 72-year-old Democrat To Lead National Defense

April 28, 2011 by  

Obama picks 72-year-old Democrat to lead national defensePresident Barack Obama has selected his nominees to fill the nation’s most prominent security positions, according to media reports.

In a major reshuffling of personnel, Obama will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Robert Gates as the Secretary of Defense, and Army General David Petraeus, the head of the United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan, to replace Panetta. In addition, the President will nominate diplomat Ryan Crocker for the role of U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

Panetta, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative from California. He also served as the budget director and the chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton. If his candidacy is approved by the Senate, Panetta, 72, will replace Gates, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2006.

Last year, Gates stated that he would retire from his post at some point during 2011.

According to Turkish newspaper Sabah, Panetta spent five days meeting with Turkish officials last month to discuss a possible regime change in Syria, which is the latest Middle Eastern nation to erupt in protests. The news provider claimed that the meeting between the CIA director and Turkish leaders was highly confidential.

The top-secret discussion involved a plan that would ensure the safety of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family, the media outlet reported.

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  • JimH

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to put Gen. Petraeus in as Sec. of Def. and keep everybody else where they are?
    Petraeus has more experience as a warrior than a spy.
    I don’t know what military experience Panetta has.
    Oh wait, common sense, I forgot about who we ae talking about.

    • ValDM

      It still begs the question, Who replaces Petraeus?

    • wandamurline

      From what I understand, there is a law on the books that that position has to be held by someone who is not in the military.

  • Cawmun Cents

    Wouldnt Dick Butkus be a better choice?Just sayin’….

  • JimH

    Butkus was good at “defense”. Go Bears.

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Panetta probably knows less about Defense than Mickey Mouse, so he will be a good fit for Obama in his efforts to disassemble the United States.

  • Paul Anthony

    Obama wants Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense so “the chosen one” can make huge, gargantuan cuts to our defense budget … sparing demands from Republicans/Conservatives and Independents to cut the $14 trillion deficit across the board. This way, Obama will be able to keep his social agenda prospering right up to the 2012 election. General David Petraeus would never permit drastic defense cuts if he became Secretary of Defense. Remember…”if the Democrats don’t control the White House – they just don’t eat!”

  • spepper

    Was Father Time unavailable?

  • http://com i41

    Pennatta is the classic beltway f–kup, fail miserable in your last position and get promoted, he did not have a clue what he was doing and will have even less smarts. A perfect fit for the book trained niggardly muslims staff.

  • chuckb

    panetta!! he fits in well with the other commies in the adminstration, just think of what happens if barry gets re-elected, or maybe he’s making these off wall appointments for payback since his reign ends next year.

  • http://deleted Claire

    72 years old? Hmmm… just because there is snow on the mountain does not mean the fire is out in the furnace. However, there is something about Panetta I can’t quite put my finger on. Trustworthy? I wonder.


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