The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee has questions about President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be the director of the C.I.A.
The Washington-newspaper The Hill, reports that Missouri Senator Kit Bond "raised the specter of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in questioning Panetta's experience."
"Job number one at the CIA is to track down and stop terrorists," Bond said in a statement. "In a post-9-11 world, intelligence experience would seem to be a prerequisite for the job of CIA Director." Bond said in his statement that he will refrain from judging Panetta immediately, but he warned Obama and Panetta that he "will be looking hard at Panetta’s intelligence expertise and qualifications."