But DCIA!?!?!? The spooks there will demolish him.
HE'D BE A GREAT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE.
This is a VERY BAD OMEN: Obama is kowtowing to the pacifistic left, and subverting global security to politics.
THIS IS AVERY BAD OMEN.
*******UDPATE: YORK AND GOLDBERG AT NOR AGREE WITH ME:
THIS IS A VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY BAD PICK, AND WAS HANDLED HORRIBLY.
Panetta, Obama, and the Senate [Byron York]
On Panetta — in addition to opinions in The Corner, there is the ever-so-slightly more important opinion of the new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein:
I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director. I know nothing about this, other than what I’ve read. My position has consistently been that I believe the Agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time.
Ouch. It is interesting that Obama would settle on a CIA director without even giving a heads-up to the Intelligence Committee chairman, especially one of his own party. Word is Obama didn't tell outgoing chairman Jay Rockefeller, either.
Panetta [Jonah Goldberg]
I think Michael's take is probably right in many respects. I like Panetta, too. He's a grown-up and, while his politics aren't mine, he's enough of a wonk, mensch and political craftsman that I think he's open to listening to smart people, but also not intimindated by them either. Nonetheless, his appointment strikes me as just the mother of all cop outs on Obama's part (as Byron suggests below). During a period when intelligence gathering is huge important, Obama either won't or can't appoint someone with an intelligence background who agrees with him. That should speak volumes about the intelligence community, Obama, his positions, or all three.