Controversial picks: Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA1/7/2013
President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel on Monday as his next defense secretary, and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency — two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team. In nominating Hagel, Obama signaled he’s willing to take on a tough confirmation fight. Once Hagel emerged as Obama's likely nominee, GOP lawmakers began sharply questioning his commitment to Israel and his willingness to take a hard line with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. [Source]
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