Kerry Eyed as Defense Secretary
Susan Rice leading candidate to replace Hillary Clinton, insiders say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2012 2:05 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2012 5:00 AM CST
US United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at the United Nations.    (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

(Newser) – With Leon Panetta saying he'd "like to get back to California," President Obama is looking hard at John Kerry as his replacement at the Pentagon, reports the Washington Post. The move would be part of a major Obama administration shake-up that would include a permanent replacement for scandal-hit Gen. David Petraeus as director of the CIA. Officials say John Brennan, Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, is the leading candidate for the CIA position.

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has long been mentioned as a possible replacement for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, but insiders say that position is likely to go to Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations. But Rice would face stiff opposition from Republicans because of statements she made after the Benghazi attack suggesting it was a protest gone wrong instead of a terrorist attack, the New York Times notes.

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Nov 13, 2012 2:12 PM CST
Kerry in this position is simply scary... wow
Nov 13, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Sure are a lot of ditching Obama (or resigning).
Nov 13, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Obama is a good man and a good president, but at times he has a political tin ear that just boggles the mind. Rightly or wrongly, a lot of our service members would take this as an insult, and we do NOT need another three months of hashing out the minutiae of Kerry's military service, how well he knew Jane Fonda, whether those were ribbons or medals he threw back, the extent to which the book he coathoured 40 years ago slanders servicemen, whether the supposedly slanderous words were his, and on and on ad infinitum and nauseum.