Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. President Barack Obama Monday nominated chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Brennan has served in the agency for 25 years and known for the operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the drone attacks by the U.S. military. During the announcement at the White house, he said that he was deeply honored for the nomination.
Of Brennan, President Obama said that he understands the demands of the country’s national security for factual and strong intelligence that can give policymakers analytical insights and better understanding of a dynamic world.
During the George W. Bush years, Brennan was director of the national counter-terrorism center then became a top intelligence adviser to Obama during his first run for president. His reputation in the intelligence community is one that is admirable while among Washington’s political leaders he is known to be forthright and non-partisan.
Brennan played a major role in shaping the government’s strategy to aggressively hunt for suspected terrorists using unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones, and take them down in vast areas of Pakistan and Yemen outside the reach of local authorities.
The Senate will likely confirm Brennan this time around after he was forced to withdraw his name in 2008 for the same post after facing determined opposition over his support for what some saw as a ‘torture’ policy under the Bush administration.