John Brennan, the counter-terrorism adviser to President Obama is set to be chosen to run the CIA. The announcement will be made at the same time Obama nominates Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary.
Brennan has been with the CIA for 25-years and would be David Petraeus’ replacement, who resigned in late 2012 after word leaked of an extramarital affair. A statement by the White House said that Brennan’s extraordinary record and career at the CIA has prepared him to take over as the director of the CIA and to be an outstanding leader.
The statement continued by saying Brennan has been fighting against al-Qaeda since 9/11. During the past four years, he has also become involved with nearly all the major issues that have dealt with national security and will hit the ground running as the new director.
In selecting Brennan, Obama bypassed the current acting director, the deputy director under Petraeus, Michael Morell.
Following his election as president in 2008, Obama had considered the CIA post for Brennan, but Brennan himself withdrew his name from consideration after his critics questioned the connection he had to enhanced interrogation techniques the CIA used in the Bush administration.
Brennan said he did not have any involvement with waterboarding or any of the other harsh methods of interrogation. He has openly spoken out against their use.
Brennan was credited by Obama for the work he has performed in a number of issues from the raid in 2011 that killed terror leader Osama bin Laden to the efforts of counter-terrorism in Yemen and Somalia to the Arab Spring challenges for pro-Democracy reform.