Obama intends to nominate Tony Blair U.S. Intelligence Director through China (Mainland)
BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) U.S. Democratic Party officials recently revealed that President-elect Obama has selected Blair, former commander of U.S. Pacific Command, as the new director of national intelligence, and the nomination of former White House Office Panetta The new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director. According to Hong Kong, “Wen Wei Po”, Blair familiar with Chinese affairs, published last year against the “China threat” theory, and China mutually beneficial and win-win article.
Blair’s name has passed more than a month, most people have some mental preparation, but Panetta’s name is almost never mentioned, so many people by surprise. Although both rich in political and military resume, but the intelligence community are considered “novice” Panetta also almost did not do intelligence gathering. Although Blair did not experience too much intelligence, but his army for 34 years, also served as CIA deputy director of military intelligence support, Bipaneita experience slightly.
Associated Press commented that, although they lack intelligence experience, but also highlighted their “outsider” role, show Obama with President Bush in a number of controversial government draw the line on the issue, including torture interrogation, waterboarding, secret extradition of prisoners and to allow wiretapping citizens without court policies.
Blair would have difficulty controlling Panetta
the post of Director of National Intelligence was founded in 2004, commanding all U.S. intelligence agencies, now the CIA’s influence has been great as before. However, Panetta is a heavyweight political figures, some experts worry that Blair is difficult to control Panetta. If these two nominations by the Senate, Blair and Panetta will replace current Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and CIA Director Michael Hayden.
Blair has served as commander of U.S. Pacific Command, familiar with the situation in China last year, he hosted a 30 team consisting of experts in China, and issued a “new Chinese contacts with the” research report.
against “fear that the Chinese disease”
Blair’s overall strategy of the new concept in China, summed up the 35-year history of Sino-US relations, Sino-US relations analysis current status and future trends, it will be more objective and pragmatic. He strongly opposed the “fear of China syndrome”, that the U.S. should adopt a new strategy toward China as a whole, mutual benefit and minimize conflicts.