Just when you thought it couldn't get worse: Obama to name John 'al-Quds' Brennan CIA directordirector of the CIA on Monday (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, currently holds the title of Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. He’s expected to appear with Obama later Monday at a White House event where the president will also announce his nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be the next defense secretary.
White House officials also underscored the close working relationship Brennan has developed with the president over the past four years, as Brennan led the administration’s response to a string of attempted terrorist attacks.
“Brennan has the full trust and confidence of the President,” the talking points say. “For four years, he has seen the President every day, and been by his side for some of his toughest decisions — including the decision to launch the bin Laden raid. Brennan is as close to President Obama as any member of his national security team.”I guess Brennan's job in the Bin Laden raid was to keep Obama focused on golf.
Brennan may have confirmation problems from the Left.
Brennan has been deeply involved in the Obama administration’s aggressive use of drones to kill suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. He was reportedly considered as a possible CIA director at the outset of Obama’s first term but took his name out of the running after liberals charged that he was complicit in waterboarding and other tough interrogation tactics that President George W. Bush’s administration used against terror suspects.
In what appears to be an effort to assuage civil liberties groups and other activists who spoke out against Brennan four years ago, the White House underscored that he has worked to make sure that counterterrorism efforts are closely monitored, conducted according to legal principles and as transparent as feasible.
“Brennan has been an advocate for greater transparency in our counter-terrorism policy, and adherence to the rule of law. He has spoken out repeatedly about the need for strong oversight and review of our counter-terrorism actions, and has led efforts within the government to ensure that we put those ideals into practice,” the talking points say.