My nomination for USA Man of the Month is CIA Director Leon Panetta. Nominally a politician, he rose above politics and donned the cap of mission commander in an military operation that normally would have seen the CIA sitting on the sidelines (after having provided their intelligence input). Certainly in the past administration, the OBL takedown would have been run out of the Pentagon.

During after-action commentary, he demonstrated refreshing candor that was mission-specific, while staying away from the expected political spinning. Along with the Navy Seals who were on the ground, he deserves great credit in my estimation.

The CIA has been much-maligned, but this task showed it's potential, when capably directed. We have a critical need for CIA competence.

Bravo, Leon Panetta.