Hoekstra, Carafano Praise Appointments of Petraeus, Panetta

Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 12:22 PM

By Dan Weil

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President Barack Obama’s decision to appoint Gen. David Petraeus as the next CIA director and Leon Panetta as the new defense secretary apparently has bipartisan support. Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., and James Carafano, assistant director of The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for International Studies, expressed approval according to Politico.

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Pete Hoekstra
“These are both very talented individuals!” Hoekstra wrote.

“Their biggest challenge is that it is an uncertain world, but it is certainly election time. If any two people can pull it off it is these two,” Hoekstra added.

Carafano says the selections are safe ones for the president. These are “individuals that have his confidence, they all carry weight on the Hill and are widely respected,” he wrote in Politico.

“Also expect more continuity than change in national security and foreign policy,” Carafano added.









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