While he certainly knows his way around Washington, what, exactly, in Panetta;s background
makes him the best qualified person to be SecDef? His tenure at CIA has been lackluster at best.
Maybe the reference to onetime CIA official Ishmael Jones' remark contains a clue: (paraphrasing) because of his close personal connection to the President and lack of exposure to the
[Defense] bureaucracy. Or maybe his involvement in the fair employment practices issue is the key--he's going to have to preside over the demise of "Don't ask, don't tell."
At the rate we're going, he might have to preside over the demise of the entire United States military establishment.
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