(Image source: The New York Times)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

It’s been rumored for weeks, but President Obama made it official Monday — nominating former senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon. Hagel had this to say in a White House press briefing.

 

“This is particularly important at a time as we complete our mission in Afghanistan and support the troops and military families who have sacrificed so much over a decade of war.”

 

The president also put forward John Brennan, a longtime counterterrorism adviser, as his choice to head up the CIA — that’s a selection that will likely face much less opposition than Hagel’s nomination to replace Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary. Although he’s a former Republican lawmaker and a Vietnam veteran, several GOP lawmakers have promised a fierce confirmation fight in the Senate. [Video: Fox News]

 

“Chuck Hagel, if confirmed to be the Secretary of Defense, would be the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation’s history … This is an in-your-face nomination by the president.” [Video: CNN]

 

That criticism stems from Hagel’s previous support for opening up negotiations with Iran and from a comment he made that pro-Israel lobbies have too much influence in Washington.

 

If confirmed in the Senate, Hagel would be Obama’s third Defense Secretary, after Leon Panetta, appointed in 2011, and Robert Gates, who began serving in 2006 under President Bush.

 

As for Brennan, Obama had originally considered him for the CIA’s top job in 2009, but accusations that Brennan had a hand in brutal interrogation tactics under the Bush administration took his name out of consideration. Scott Wilson of The Washington Post writes:

 

“[His selection] could spur scrutiny of his role in escalating the CIA’s drone war and renew debate over the agency’s use of harsh methods.”

Obama Taps Hagel for Defense, Brennan for CIA

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Jan 7, 2013

Obama Taps Hagel for Defense, Brennan for CIA

(Image source: The New York Times)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

It’s been rumored for weeks, but President Obama made it official Monday — nominating former senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon. Hagel had this to say in a White House press briefing.

 

“This is particularly important at a time as we complete our mission in Afghanistan and support the troops and military families who have sacrificed so much over a decade of war.”

 

The president also put forward John Brennan, a longtime counterterrorism adviser, as his choice to head up the CIA — that’s a selection that will likely face much less opposition than Hagel’s nomination to replace Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary. Although he’s a former Republican lawmaker and a Vietnam veteran, several GOP lawmakers have promised a fierce confirmation fight in the Senate. [Video: Fox News]

 

“Chuck Hagel, if confirmed to be the Secretary of Defense, would be the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation’s history … This is an in-your-face nomination by the president.” [Video: CNN]

 

That criticism stems from Hagel’s previous support for opening up negotiations with Iran and from a comment he made that pro-Israel lobbies have too much influence in Washington.

 

If confirmed in the Senate, Hagel would be Obama’s third Defense Secretary, after Leon Panetta, appointed in 2011, and Robert Gates, who began serving in 2006 under President Bush.

 

As for Brennan, Obama had originally considered him for the CIA’s top job in 2009, but accusations that Brennan had a hand in brutal interrogation tactics under the Bush administration took his name out of consideration. Scott Wilson of The Washington Post writes:

 

“[His selection] could spur scrutiny of his role in escalating the CIA’s drone war and renew debate over the agency’s use of harsh methods.”

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