The White House makes some actual news today, amid the nonsense.
From NBC News:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to name CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next secretary of defense and move Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, into the CIA chief’s job in a major shuffle of the U.S. national security leadership, NBC News confirmed Wednesday.
The changes would probably take effect this summer. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has already said he will leave this year, and the White House wants to schedule Senate confirmation hearings for the new officials in the coming months.
All sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the changes have not been announced by the president.
The officials say Obama also is expected to name Lt. Gen. John Allen to replace Petraeus as Afghanistan commander, and diplomat Ryan Crocker to be the next U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan. Officials say the turnover is slated for July, giving the administration several months to get Panetta and Petraeus confirmed by the Senate.
White House spokesman Jay Carney would not confirm the plans but did say that Obama would speak Thursday about personnel moves on his national security team. A former U.S. official said all four candidates would stand together with Obama for the announcement.
On a political note, it’s interesting how the White House has corralled both of the Petraeus’ – giving them both good jobs that embed them in the administration. Not unintelligent, that.