Posted by Adam @ 6:52 am on April 27th 2011

Petraeus to CIA, Panetta to DoD

Finally, Bob Gates’ delayed departure is happening, according to the ticker on the BBC news website, to be replaced by CIA chief Leon Panetta, with Panetta to be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus.

I wonder if moving Petaeus is partly motivated by getting him out of the Afghanistan command, where his popularity would make life really hard for team Obama if they try to draw down in Afghanistan against his recommendations. CIA Chief is safely away from the limelight, normally, and solves Obama’s problem of having a senior commander more trusted with matters military (and probably more admired) than he is.

Gates seems to have done a very good job. If only he’d been appointed by Bush sooner.

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