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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:46 AM

Obama Nominates John Brennan, 'Kill List' Architect, as New CIA Chief

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/07



John Brennan's career spans from the dark days of Bush's torture program to Obama's secretive 'kill list'

Obama Nominates John Brennan, 'Kill List' Architect, as New CIA Chief
Jon Queally, staff writer
Published on Monday, January 7, 2013 by Common Dreams

At a White House ceremony on Monday afternoon, President Obama officially nominated his top counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA.

In his assessment of the decision, the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald argues that it should not be shocking that Brennan—who was withdrawn from consideration for CIA chief in 2008 because of his association with the CIA's torture program under President Bush—has now been brought back by President Obama in 2013.

Greenwald called Obama's nomination of Brennan a "symptom of Obama's own extremism (in the controversial areas of torture, targeted killings, and the US drone policy), not a cause."

Calling it a fitting choice, Greenwald said the decision

is a perfect illustration of the Obama legacy that a person who was untouchable as CIA chief in 2008 because of his support for Bush's most radical policies is not only Obama's choice for the same position now, but will encounter very little resistance. Within this change one finds one of the most significant aspects of the Obama presidency: his conversion of what were once highly contentious right-wing policies into harmonious dogma of the DC bipartisan consensus.




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Reply Obama Nominates John Brennan, 'Kill List' Architect, as New CIA Chief (Original post)
unhappycamper Jan 2013 OP
morningfog Jan 2013 #1
leftynyc Jan 2013 #2
woo me with science Jan 2013 #3
Arcanetrance Jan 2013 #4
forestpath Jan 2013 #5
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #6
TheKentuckian Jan 2013 #7
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #9
malaise Jan 2013 #8
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #10
allrevvedup Jan 2013 #11
Mimosa Jan 2013 #12
jsr Jan 2013 #13

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:56 AM

1. Horrible pick. So disappointing. Brennan is the one who lied about civilians being killed by drones.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:00 AM

2. Another republican pick

I find this pattern very alarming.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:09 AM

3. Had enough yet, America?

Do we understand yet?

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:16 AM

4. I'm trying to remember why I voted for Obama twice

At every turn he smacks people like me in the face and when I complain I told to sit down and shut up or I'm not really a Democrat or a liberal

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:27 AM

5. Can John Yoo be far behind?

 

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:30 AM

6. I feel certain this is a "Petraeus effect" appointment--

Obama can't take a chance on someone untrustworthy or at odds with the culture again in the CIA. He knows and trusts Brennan, and that's more important to him than probably any other factor.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:37 AM

7. Want that the logic behind the Betrayus selection?

Obama trusting this vile man is a problem.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:54 AM

9. Not saying I think it's necessarily a good pick--just that I think I see

where Obama is coming from with it.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:39 AM

8. Really sad day

A torturer - war criminal

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:55 AM

10. kr

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:04 AM

11. I'd ignore that nasty baggage from across the pond.

 

Here's a better metric: the harder Greenwald and Hedges fulminate in someone's direction, the better they must be. Here's AEI spokesperson Danielle Pletka, drum-banger extrarodinaire for the Iraq war during the terra era, complaining this morning on NPR that Brennan is a Hezbollah-lcoddling jihadist:

On Monday, President Obama announced he would nominate Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director. Steve Inskeep talks to Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute, and Vali Nasr, a scholar of the Muslim world and a former adviser to the Obama administration, about these nominations.

listen to interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168853289/how-will-new-administration-nominees-affect-foreign-policy


Her beef is that Brennan has offended everybody (Israel) and is insufficiently fanatical about crushing our enemies (Iran).

YMMV.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:10 AM

12. Brennan's proof

Brennan is proof that sometimes people get the faces they deserve. His 'wall face' is hard and cruel.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:27 AM

13. Gotta out-Republican the Republicans

as usual.

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