Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will be named to replace Leon Panetta as CIA director, a senior defense official said. (Panetta is being tapped to succeed Robert Gates as U.S. defense secretary, officials said Wednesday.)
Petraeus took over the command in Afghanistan in summer 2010 after Gen. Stanley McChrystal was relieved of his duties. McChrystal and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article criticizing and mocking key administration officials.
Petraeus took the highly unusual step of publicly acknowledging that he might be in contention for a presidential appointment. "It's probably not appropriate for me to comment on whatever might be considered down the road," he told reporters in Kabul this month when asked about the possible CIA nomination.
"I've had discussions, but again, it wouldn't be appropriate to comment."
From November 2010: Petraeus on Afghanistan, Iran, Taliban strategy
From June 2010: Peter Bergen on Petraeus, the Ph.D. warrior
once upon a time in America, a man named "Bush" said USA is for Americans then why Afghans are living in the USA.
So Bush decided to attack Afghanistan and own it and allow US citizens to live there & kill all others. that's what happening there right now ;)
Now all Americans are living in the USA, oh i forgot to tell you what USA stands for.
USA = United State of Afghanistan. USA had to invade Afghanistan because USA is a trademark and is registered in the USA (C). that's why Bush thought Afghanistan is a state of America and Afghans invaded it, thank god Mr.Bush toke over and now Americans are living there happily ever after.
Afghanistan 2001 – 2011 (C) for Americans
Nice. Some (not all, of course) of the Afghan nonsense seems to lend itself to parody.
Thanks for the light note! It is certainly lacking here most of the time.
Well put,Riza Afghan. Except the the C.I.A. stands for(Criminals In Action) since that's what they truly are.
AAAwww....! (he's) trying for a modest (very modest) bit of humor here......I think........
CIA = Command Internal of Afghanistan :P
yea, good for him.
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This won't change a thing. Just as many people will wind up being needlessly murdered at the behest of the right-wing thugs in Washington as before.
The victory when one is in such a business happens when nothing happens. In this case, many "things" have happened, I must admit. However, you cannot quantify victories for those things that never happened. In war, you will not always win every battle.
I would also say, to your credit, US leadership is often not in touch with the realities of foreign countries. They think they know, the trust their advisors who think they know everything, they think everyone thinks the same, or so they lead us to believe. The fact is, there are as many varying view points in the world on any given subject as there are countries or people for that matter. The US or the West's enemies are not all wrong. Even Al Qaeda or Taliban or Iran or N Korea are not 100% wrong.
I knew that CIA was not composed by intelligent people, but Petreus !! ....
Name should be changed in Central Idiocy Agency. They did not get any result in the last years even using powerfull technology like drones.
I don't know about that,salerno. They don't call the members of the C.I.A. the Masters of Deceit for nothing since they are quite excellent at it. Yes,the members of the C.I.A. are indeed intelligent and have been only too successful,unfortunately!
Bubba – I spoke about failure as they did not get the main AQ leaders, endangered the lives of the aid workers in Afghanistan infiltrating among them. If you believe in the conspiracy theory they were succesfull, as 9/11 attack was a great succes.
Soooo.....you are unequivocally accusing the CIA of planning and executing the 9/11 attack? Americans attacking Americans? (Where do you get this stuff?????)
What possible "reason" can you provide to enlighten the rest of us.....?????
I don't think conspiracy theory is correct, even if many support it. I think 9/11 was a reaction caused by american military operations in the middle east. Of cousre some ex-CIA agents like Bin Laden and another Saudis were involved, but they do not rappresent CIA.
I find it extremely hard to believe that OBL is an ex CIA. Such an assertion requires proof.
Salerno – Why? Or is because everything is a tragedy with you.
I wonder if this means the CIA will report to the Army.
Cute. At least someone here has a sense of humor....
This is a tragedy for CIA.
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