President Obama selected counterterrorism advisor John O. Brennan to head the CIA and former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense, both of whom bring “toughness” to their respective roles, according to a summary of the White House announcement by NPR.
Though each have decades of distinguished experience in public service, both Brennan and Hagel could see resistance during Senate confirmation hearings. Brennan served at the CIA as a deputy executive director under George W. Bush and his comments on the administration’s use of harsh interrogation methods could come into question. Hagel could face stronger criticism for past comments on Iran, Israel and gays in public service.
In the following clip from the Monitor Breakfast, Brennan talks about information gleaned from Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan after he was killed in a raid by Navy SEALs in 2011.
In this next video, Hagel offers insight into bipartisan cooperation and advice on how to reach out to Congress, the American people, and the world.