President-Elect Obama Names Intelligence Team

President-elect Barack Obama has introduced his choices for CIA chief -- Leon Panetta -- and national intelligence director -- retired Adm. Dennis Blair.

Obama described them as men of "unquestioned integrity" and "broad experience" who are "uniquely qualified" for the posts. He said they will help the nation stay ahead of emerging threats.

The introduction of Panetta and Blair comes four days after their names were leaked to reporters. There was surprise in Washington over the choice of Panetta for the CIA post. The former White House chief of staff has no direct intelligence experience.

Blair is a former head of U.S. Pacific Command who was credited with fighting terrorism in southeast Asia after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Senate still has to approve the choices.


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  • by Dave on Jan 9, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Obama and intelligence NEVER belong in the same headline.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 9, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    The real MrT did not post the post at 8:05PM. It is the clown imposter again.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 9, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    Obama Snake Oil Co, stop negatively responding to my posts. You need to go back to grammar school and learn how to write correctly.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    MrT, I think I experience the same deception from time to time. I think Carol has another. Witn doesn't have a unique name password so liberals that want to mimic you can. Its not their fault. One thing you can be sure of is the did no "reseach" they were sheep baaaahhhhinnng with the "collective" as they say. By the way, I enjoy your posts and think being informed is "important" to those that just walk behing the other sheep. The bad news is the atempt to make the US is underway. In 11 days we will be the USSA. United Socialist States of America. The "chosen one" is focusing on moderate objectives right now but you read his book, you know where he is going. Too bad this board will dissapear. No more posting as it will be filtered, no more freedom, well, this is what they voted for. Voter, peewee was busy finding his bicycle again. He parked it in front of the DNC and someone took it. I think it was Barney Franks or Nancy Pelosi, both need the excercise.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 9, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    I dont know who is trying to be cute, but I didnt put up the last post that had my name forged on it at 4:29 PM. I still think Barack showed his ignorance by making the choices he did today.
  • by Mr T Location: LaNC on Jan 9, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Please excuse my post below. After doing further research, I am convinced that Obama is a rather intelligent man. Thank God for the change!!!
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 9, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    PANETTA???? was peewee herman to busy??? we're gonna have some cranky spooks. just like when carter worked his magic on the company.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    Obama reveals a lot about his own intelligence just by his desciptions of these 2 morons."Unquestioned integrity, broad experience, and uniquely qualified". What BS. LOL. HaHaHaHa!!!
  • by Carol on Jan 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    You're right c but this "one" is different. On many levels. I really wonder if there will be anything left of this country when he has finished using it for his personal agenda. I don't think anything good will be left. God help us all.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    Tad, you stole my line...the very first thought to come to mind is Panetta and intelligence. Now that is an oxymoran you can believe in. I am surprised that Obama alias "the chosen one" didn't select Blogo. I hear he is looking for a job. Wellcome to the USSA comrades. There is a new pres in town and he is a socialist. Well, folks voted on this guy without learning about him and his background, its their fault, not mine. Wallow in it folks, you ain't see nothing yet.
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