January 17, 2013

Why Is Obama's 'Mr. Drone' Not Controversial?

Mark Perry, Al Jazeera

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Lost amidst all the fuss over whether Obama nominee Chuck Hagel is - or isn't - acceptable to the Israeli lobby (or whatever), is the crucial, but strangely low-profile, debate over the president's nomination of controversial counterterrorism chief John Brennan to head up the CIA. The 25-year agency veteran, who first tied himself to Obama when the then-Illinois Senator was launching his long-shot campaign for the Oval Office, makes Hagel look positively liberal. This early support for an Illinois back bencher paid off for Brennan, for when Obama took office he immediately turned to the CIA veteran for his expertise on the war on terrorism.

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