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  •  I didn't even know Leon Panetta wanted to leave... (3+ / 0-)
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    buddabelly, elwior, Aquarius40

    ... and he hasn't been at DoD all that long since he left the CIA. Sorry if I am just behind the times on this, but since when did it become necessary to push him out the door? From what I can tell, Panetta hasn't been doing too badly. I mean, at least he's implemented the repeal of DADT pretty smoothly, and from what I hear he is supporting the president's plan to get us out of Afghanistan (though the pullout isn't scheduled fast enough for me).

    Can someone here explain to me why Panetta needs to be replaced at all? Maybe I just missed it, but I never heard him say that he wants to go.

    •  From my diary: (4+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Brooke In Seattle, KenBee, annieli
      That job is now held by Leon Panetta, the centrist Democrat who has given no indication that he is leaving any time soon. Although he'd like to get back to California, he says in public that he still has work to do in Washington: Afghanistan. The Pentagon budget. Force adjustments.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:46:19 PM PST

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    •  I think Obama needs Panetta for an intel job. (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, chipoliwog

      He's going to need a new Director of National Intelligence (James Clapper appears to be leaving) and, now, a new Director of Central Intelligence.  I don't think it's a matter of pushing him out of DoD, but of pulling into the DNI position.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 06:20:32 PM PST

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