The White House “announced it”:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/02/20070202-8.html yesterday:
bq. The President intends to nominate John C. Rood, of Arizona, to be Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the Department of State. Mr. Rood currently serves as Assistant Secretary (International Security and Non-Proliferation) at the Department of State. Prior to this, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council.
I cannot imagine why they would have released this information on a Friday.
Anyway, a source in Congress told me that Rood may be waiting a while for his promotion:
bq. Senator Biden took the unusual step of opposing Rood’s nomination last year when he was up for the ISN gig. Now that he is Chairman, it will be interesting to see if he decides to have some fun here. My sense is that Rood will be waiting for a long time for his
confirmation hearing, and that Biden will try to extract some type
of policy concession from the Administration.
Back to it…