Petraeus to lead CIA, AP says

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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 nation's national security leadership, administration and other sources said this morning.

All sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the changes haven't been announced by the president.

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 in the coming months.

The officials say Obama is expected to also announce that Lt. Gen. John Allen would replace Petraeus as Afghanistan commander, and that diplomat Ryan Crocker will be the next U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan.

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terminusmundi 04/27/11 - 10:04 am
I see the Chronicle is in no

I see the Chronicle is in no rush to release the day's OTHER big news...

Chillen 04/27/11 - 12:23 pm
If obama is making this

If obama is making this decision there must be some dark, hideous reason behind it that will result in the loss of more freedom & liberty for American Citizens.

On a separate note, I thought all the liberals hated General Petreaus. Remember General "Betray Us"? Why the sudden change of heart obama? Now he's your bff, what changed?

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