April 26, 2010

HIS EXPERIENCE WASN'T IN POLITICS...:

Leon Panetta gets the CIA back on its feet (David Ignatius, April 25, 2010, Washington Post)

CIA Director Leon Panetta has a new trophy in his seventh-floor office at Langley: It's the fuse from a Chinese-made rocket that he helped disable (with a CIA technician hovering close by) during a visit to an agency paramilitary training base.

That's a good metaphor for Panetta himself as he completes 14 months as CIA director. He has defused a number of bombs that threatened to blow up what was left of the agency's credibility, and in the process he has focused the CIA on getting the job done.

Panetta was a controversial choice because his experience was in politics, rather than espionage. But that Washington savvy was just what the beleaguered agency needed most.


...it was in government. It's no surprise that one of the few members of the Administration with executive experience--Chief of Staff--is also its most effective. He's been the best his party has to offer for a long time now.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2010 5:54 AM
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