Thursday, April 28, 2011

The director of the CIA, the new Secretary of Defense

President Barack Obama will announce, probably on Thursday, describing the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Leon Panetta, the new chief of the Pentagon, U.S. media reported Wednesday. The media, citing as the source of your information to government officials did not identify, also noted that the current commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus, will be the new director of the CIA.

The cabinet reshuffle of the government defense and intelligence is necessary for exit from the current Pentagon chief Robert Gates, and the current head of the Joint Chiefs, Mike Mullen. The media also indicate that Obama will announce the replacement of the current U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq between 2007 and 2009.

Also, Obama will nominate Lt. Gen. John Allen, who commanded the troops from Iraq, to lead U.S. forces and NATO in Afghanistan. Gates, the last remnant of the George W. Bush in Obama's cabinet, was director of the CIA between 1991 and 1993, and in December 2006 replaced at the Pentagon from Donald Rumsfeld.

Panetta, after a long career in Congress as representative from California, was Director of the Budget Office and chief of staff in the Clinton administration. Petraeus Afghanistan has led to a long career in the Army (Land), which includes his two previous positions: head of Central Command and commander of the U.S.

forces in Iraq. The cabinet reshuffle military and intelligence comes as Obama continues to the departure of troops from Iraq and is approaching the date when, according to the promise of the president, will begin to cut troops in Afghanistan.

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