Everyone’s talking about the pending exits of General David Petraeus, commander of forces in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but flying under the radar is Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez. According to the Washington Post, Rodriguez knows Afghanistan like the back of his hand, but he is not in the running for Petraeus’s job. The reason? Rodriguez may be one of the best combat commanders, but he’s not the best schmoozer. And as support for the war dwindles in Washington, the effort will need some selling. Rodriguez will be moving stateside to the U.S. Army Forces Command this summer.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared on television today to try to calm fears about problems with air traffic controllers. A few have been found sleeping on the job lately, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s plane had to abort a landing on Monday evening when it came too close to a military cargo jet. Napolitano said that none of these events represent vulnerabilities that terrorists can exploit.
Still struggling with cholera and the aftermath of a 2010 earthquake, Haiti is emerging from a run-off vote in its presidential election. Former singer Michel Martelly beat out the former first lady for the top job. Martelly will take office on May 14 and is set to meet with Secretary Clinton today in DC. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Clinton will convey Washington’s “continued commitment to Haiti's reconstruction and economic development.”
In other news, for all those wannabe spies out there, the CIA has declassified its World War I–era invisible-ink recipe. As Agency Director Leon Panetta explained, “These documents remained classified for nearly a century until recent advancements in technology made it possible to release them.”