President Obama picks CIA Director Leon Panetta to be Defense Secretary, David Petraeus as replacement

By on Apr 28, 2011 in International, Politics, United States Comments

US President Barack Obama picks CIA Director Leon Panetta to be the next Defense Secretary, and Gen. David Petraeus as his replacement.

CIA Director Leon Panetta (left) and
US Forces Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus

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According to US news sites on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, President Obama is likely to nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta to be the next Secretary of Defense, succeeding Robert Gates who will be retiring.

Apparently, Mr. Obama is also being set to name US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus to replace Panetta, and Lt. Gen. John Allen to replace Petraeus.

Panetta, 72, was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1997 to 1993 and served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994 to 1997.

President Obama nominated him to be the CIA director in 2009 and was confirmed later by the US Senate.

On the other hand, Gen. David Petraeus is the current International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander and also the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

Petraeus, 58, became a Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) from January 2007 to September 2008, who then oversees the coalition forces in Iraq.

As noted by political analysts in the US, this move by the Obama administration in the national security forces of the country will easily get the approval from the US Senate.

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