Skip to comments.CIA's Leon Panetta not eager to swap jobs as Obama reshuffle looms
Posted on 04/07/2011 8:27:43 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Leon Panetta is happy as CIA director and has not been asked by President Barack Obama to consider changing jobs, the agency said on Thursday, as speculation swirled over changes in top U.S. security posts.
Robert Gates has made clear he plans to step down as defense secretary this year and the military's top officer is expected to retire, prompting speculation about who will move where in Mr Obama's impending reshuffle of military and intelligence chiefs.
One scenario being speculated has Mr Panetta who turns 73 in June replacing Mr Gates and the director's office on the seventh floor of CIA headquarters being taken over by General David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Some Washington insiders even link machinations over the presidential election in 2012 to the Petraeus-for-Panetta scenario. They suggest the White House wants to find a high-profile post for Gen Petraeus to ensure he will not be tapped by Republicans to challenge Mr Obama, a Democrat.
Sources familiar with White House thinking say there is no doubt Gen Petraeus is under consideration for CIA chief if Mr Panetta moves. People close to Gen Petraeus have not gone out of their way to shoot down the idea but have not touted it either.
"Director Panetta is proud to lead the men and women of the CIA and is focused squarely on the agency's mission," CIA spokesman George Little said.
"He isn't seeking any other job and hasn't been asked by the president to take on a different role."
Mr Gates, 67, a former CIA director and a holdover from the
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Poor Leon’s being prepped for his imminent meeting with Obama’s bus tires.
This administration is living up to its WTF slogan.
Good riddance to a faggot pimp. Let him peddle his "joy boys" elsewhere.
I just heard Obozo is nominating Panetta for S of D .