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Monday, January 07, 2013

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse: Obama to name John 'al-Quds' Brennan CIA director

President Obama is to name his terrorism 'adviser' John Brennan as director 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.
But Israel's supporters should also be concerned by the nomination of John Brennan. John Brennan is the guy who looks for moderates in Hezbullah (also here between 6:14 and 9:15), speaks lovingly of 'al-Quds,' and refers to jihad as a 'legitimate tenet of Islam.' Brennan was also the architect of the Obama administration's policy of removing 'jihad' and 'Islam' and 'terrorism' from the discourse of law enforcement agencies (a policy on which he was opposed by outgoing CIA director David Petraeus), and has charged that Americans don't have sufficient sensitivity to the Muslim world.

What could go wrong?

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At 5:09 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The most 'hostile' US admin EVAH towards Israel.

At least he's 'constant' in his goal “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

I think there should be absolutely no resistance to the appointment of both of these clowns so it can be without question that Obama picked and supports both of them first and foremost. Obama needs to own his decisions and good bad or other, when these two set the world on fire we need to ask Obama what he was thinking since he owns what they do.

CIA is now more or less an enemy of Israel and Hagel will push to get Iran the Bomb. That's not even a questionable point. So what we need to do is ceaslessly tell Obama he owns these two and is responsible for explaining his policies that these two carry out, to the American people and anyone else who asks. Not the press office, not Chris Matthews, not Susan Rice or Valerie Jarrett or Axelrod. Obama. Obama will need to explain to us all this disaster.

So I say let them both go to their jobs without any impediment.


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