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General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:02 pm

General Petraeus will be taking over the CIA once his tour in Afghanistan is complete. In my opinion this is an indication where the war in Afghanistan will be headed. I'm expecting the General to transform the CIA into what others have been trying to do since 9/11, an agency focused on offensive clendistine operations in places like Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan etc.. The CIA would take the lead on the war on terror, with the US military playing a logistical and supporting role with assets like gun ships, UAV's and special ops in places like Afghanistan.

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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:09 pm

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
'm expecting the General to transform the CIA into what others have been trying to do since 9/11,

Interesting to say the least. I do hope he improves on the performance of the CIA as seen in the past decade. They have a pretty awful record, or more exactly much of what is known of their record is pretty awful. Once upon a time, they had a good reputation for veracity. That seemed to vanish in the past decade. Petraeus might be the man to restore credibility - not to mention excellence?
 
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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:12 pm

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
General Petraeus will be taking over the CIA once his tour in Afghanistan is complete

He has to be confirmed by the Senate, right? While odds are that will happen easily, I think for now it can only be said that he will be "nominated", not that he will actually be the next CIA chief.
 
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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:23 pm

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
I'm expecting the General to transform the CIA into what others have been trying to do since 9/11, an agency focused on offensive clendistine operations in places like Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan etc.

Curious as to why you say that. The CIA has always been primarily an information-gathering organization. Getting involved in "wet work" and such operations are a distraction and counterproductive, no matter what you have heard from Hollywood. The CIA finds stuff out, and then can hand the information to the State Department, White House or the Pentagon for appropriate action.

I think it's more of assigning an actual operational USER of the CIA's information. The General has been on the receiving end of the CIA's distribution list for years, and has had to use that information to make life-and-death decisions. His posting should enable him to instruct CIA analysts on what is useful information and what is not, and to make life easier for the recipients of that information.

I think it's a good move - a hell of a lot better than appointing some political hack.
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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:49 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
a hell of a lot better than appointing some political hack.

Don't know about that, George H. W. Bush was decent DCI.
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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:46 pm

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 4):

Don't know about that, George H. W. Bush was decent DCI.

For a politician, perhaps, he was pretty good. The best person to be DCI should be a professional spook - someone who has actually run agents or analyzed the raw data. Of course libs in Congress would go completely ape at that idea...
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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Mon May 02, 2011 3:14 am

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 5):
The best person to be DCI should be a professional spook

Not exactly.

Good job Leon!
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RE: General Petraeus To Take Over At CIA

Mon May 02, 2011 3:16 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 6):
Not exactly.

Why? A spook knows what the work is. Would you hire a plumber to run a telephone company?
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