1. Panetta — Good man whose military and foriegn policy expertise is generally well respected across the political spectrum. Conservatives have less regard for his domestic policy views but that will not be a major issue at DOD.
2. Patreus to CIA, an ok move but it would be interesting to see what a career spook who grew up in the agency could do with CIA. Federal personnel regs allow SESers to fill politically appointed positions without losing their career status. This would be a good time to choose an appointee from the ranks of CIA career employees.
[email protected] — I believe there is a 10 year “cooling off” period required between when a general retires and when they can be appointed DOD Secretary. Someone in the 60s watched “7 Days in May” once too often and got paranoid.