Brennan nominated new CIA chief
Washington, Jan 7: US president Barack Obama has nominated John Brennan, the son of Irish immigrants, to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, withdrew from consideration for the agency’s top job in 2008 amid questions about his connection to criticised interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration.
Brennan (57), as the president’s top counter-terrorism adviser, was deeply involved in the planning of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. And he has led administration efforts to quell the growth of terror organizations in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. He served as CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia and in a variety of posts, including deputy executive director, during the Bush administration.
His tenure at the agency during Bush’s presidency drew criticism from liberals when Obama considered naming him CIA director after the 2008 election. Brennan denied being involved in the Bush administration’s criticized interrogation techniques but still withdrew his name from consideration.
If confirmed, Brennan will succeed David Petraeus, who resigned in November after admitting to an affair with his biographer. Deputy CIA director Michael Morell has been serving as the agency’s acting director since General Petraeus resigned.
Obama today also nominated Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary. Hagel has faced tough criticism from congressional Republicans who say the former Republican senator is anti-Israel and soft on Iran.
Along with secretary of state nominee John Kerry, Hagel and Brennan would play key roles implementing and shaping Obama’s national security priorities.
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