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NEW: Petreaus Resignation Could Trigger Reed to CIA, According to Report

Saturday, November 10, 2012


CIA Director General David Petreaus' resignation has a number of Rhode Island connections and some possible profound impacts. Petreaus has a close relationship with Rhode Island's own Major General Michael Flynn, but the demise of Petreaus may have a profound impact on RI politics.

According to Politico, two of the leading candidates to replace Petreaus are U.S. Senator Jack Reed and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

Politico Claims:

Jack Reed

Rhode Island’s senior senator, Reed is a retired Army paratrooper whose name perennially comes up as a possibility for defense secretary. The problem with pulling Reed from the Senate is that the state’s governor is a political independent who could appoint a replacement not as friendly to Obama’s second-term agenda.

Tom Donilon

Obama’s national security adviser, Donilon has served in the State Department. He does not have military experience but has been closely tied to the president’s handling of the Afghanistan War.

General Flynn Connection

The Flynn connections are deep and he is brother to another U.S. Army General - Charlie Flynn. The two brothers are both URI ROTC grads. The Hill reports that  the General, "Flynn was also the top intelligence officer at International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan, working under former ISAF chiefs Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Gen. David Petraeus."


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