New CIA chief to be like Daddy Bush
Leon Panneta, 70, the new chief of the CIA, believes that guns and roses can't be had at the same time, his hour-long interview with Harry Keisler of the University of California at Berkeley shows.
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Just like President-elect Barack Obama was an unknown commodity in politics, Panetta is an alien to the intelligence fraternity, but a CIA vteran likened the induction of Panetta to President George Bush becoming the DCI.
Richard Krueger, who as a young man in his 20s he went to recruit Albert Einstein and also played a crucial role in the development of the U2 spy planes—among many other super sensitive undertakings-- was a senior executive at the CIA until 1993.
Krueger said, “Previously Senior George Bush was a simlar political figure with very limited intelligence experience. He certainly turned out to be a good DCI. George Bush Sr. is probably the closest he comes to in terms of a comparison.”
In his 41-year career at top positions in the CIA, Krueger underwent a polygraph test, but said he was sure the vetting of the new DCI must have been updated since the last time he was vetted when he became Clinton's chief of staff.
Kruger said he did not cross paths at the White House with Panetta as he reitred three months after the inuguration of President Bill Clinton, but said, “He certainly has a reputation of being a smart, well-organized gentleman who as Clinton's chief of staff must have been exposed to most of the significant national issues while on duty at the White House.”