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DAVID PETRAEUS sworn in as new CIA chief – AP

September 6, 2011

Petraeus sworn in as new CIA chief

By Tangi Quemener (AFP) – 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON — David Petraeus was sworn in Tuesday as head of the CIA to direct the civilian covert war against Al-Qaeda after years of command in Iraq and Afghanistan as America’s most influential general.

Petraeus, 58, who succeeds Leon Panetta, now the defense secretary, hung up his army uniform less than a week ago after a 37-year military career to take on the new role as spymaster.

“Duty, honor and country,” said Vice President Joe Biden as he swore in Petraeus at the White House.

“The day I met you in Afghanistan, those words came to mind. You have had a truly distinguished career, general. You’ve excelled in every single thing you’ve done.”

Dressed in a business suit with a burgundy tie, Petraeus swore the oath of office on a Bible in the Roosevelt room of the White House, instead of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Biden, who has had sharp policy differences with Petraeus in the past, said the White House venue was chosen “because there’s literally no time to waste. The president wants him on the job.”

“Thanks to President (Barack) Obama for his confidence in an old soldier. I had a great retirement. That’s been a terrific week,” Petraeus quipped.

A voracious consumer of intelligence, Petraeus brings to his new job his experience as a commander who melded military and intelligence operations to an extraordinary degree in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

via AFP: Petraeus sworn in as new CIA chief.


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