Was Barack Obama Correct to Choose Leon Panetta to Head the CIA?

The consensus is unclear on Obama's latest pick.


President-elect Obama will appoint former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, an eight-term congressional veteran, to head the CIA. Because Panetta has no experience in the CIA, many seem caught off guard by the selection. Some have expressed skepticism and discontent at Obama's pick, though others cite Panetta's inexperience within the intelligence community as an asset, lauding his work as a manager at the highest levels of government. How good a choice i s Panetta to head the CIA? Does his inexperience within the intelligence community matter? Post your thoughts.

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