Posted by | January 5, 2009 14:43 | Filed under: Top Stories

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Leon Panetta served as Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton and was a California congressman.  Obama wants someone with no connection to recent CIA controversies like its detention and interrogation programs following September 11.  That means a relative CIA outsider like Panetta rather than Obama’s initial choice, John. O. Brennan, who had field experience but too many links to the past.

 

In disclosing the pick, officials pointed to Mr. Panetta’s sharp managerial skills, his string bipartisan standing on Capitol Hill, his significant foreign policy experience in the White House and his service on the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel that examined the war and made recommendations on United States policy. The officials noted that he had a handle on intelligence spending from his days as director of the Office and Management and Budget.

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