Leon Panetta, Obama's Surprise Pick to Head the CIA

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Democrat Leon Panetta of Monterey served in Congress for 17 years. He was Bill Clinton's budget director and chief of staff, and he was part of the Iraq Study Group. He's well regarded as a competent, nonpartisan manager, but he does not have direct, hands-on experience in intelligence. His reported appointment to head the CIA comes as a surprise.




Warren Olney