Morning Brief: Brennan and Hagel to round out Obama national security team

From Foreign Policy Mon Jan 7 2013, 09:29:19

Brennan and Hagel to round out Obama national security team

Top News: President Obama is expected to announce Monday that he will nominate Chuck Hagel, the former Democratic senator from Nebraska, as secretary of defense and that he will tap his chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, as the next director of the CIA.

The two key personnel  decisions -- in addition to the earlier nomination of Sen. John Kerry to head the State Department -- round out Obama's second term national security team, but the selection of Hagel is likely to set up a tough confirmation fight in the Senate. After backing down on his preferred candidate for secretary of state, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, after she came under withering criticism for her initial comments on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Obama will now have to take up the kind of battle in the Senate he shunned for his earlier nominee. Hagel has come under attack for his comments on the influence in Washington of the "Jewish lobby," allegations that he has been far too critical of Israel, and votes against some sanctions on Iran.

Obama's decision to install Brennan as the head of the CIA comes after he passed him over for the job in 2009, when human rights groups were able to torpedo his candidacy after arguing that Brennan had supported so-called enhanced interrogation techniques while serving as a high-level CIA official in the Bush administration. Brennan denied the charges but withdrew his nomination and took on a more low-key, if still highly influential, post in the White House. There he has served as ...

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

East Africa:   Juba Asks Nairobi Court to Release Frozen Funds (news)
The East African
2 May 2016

Troubled South Sudanese government wants the Kenyan High Court to reverse an order it issued attaching a bank account it has with CfC Stanbic Bank, arguing that the $18 million in the account is part ... [read more]

South Sudan:   Nation Looks to Machar, Kiir for Reconciliation (analysis)
The East African
2 May 2016

The arrival of South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar in Juba and his swearing in as Vice-President on Tuesday set the stage for the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity. Most ... [read more]

Sudan:   South Sudanese Continue to Arrive in the Country (news)
Radio Dabanga
1 May 2016

The influx of South Sudanese into Sudan has continued over the past week, with 54,635 refugees having arrived between early February and 24 April 2016, according to humanitarian organisations. Over ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...