As John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, is
expected to answer questions on U.S. drone strike policies during
his confirmation hearing Thursday, an intelligence expert suggests
what the nominee means for the war on terror.
Obama's top counterterrorism
advisor is known to have supported wiretapping, drone strikes, and
torture to fight terrorism. So, Micah Zenko, fellow at the Council on Foreign
Relations (CFR), says questions remain about whether Brennan's
move to the White House means the CIA will get out of the drones
"Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta this weekend said … John
Brennan says … that the CIA should not be doing these operations;
only the Pentagon should do them," Zenko reports. "Because if only
the Pentagon does them, they could be more transparent, the
Congress can have more oversight, and we can have a better
understanding of what the United States is doing going around the
world and using lethal force."
Some say the nomination reflects Obama's dependence on drones to
fight al-Qaeda and its allies rather than using traditional
military forces. Zenko says U.S. government estimates reveal
al-Qaeda operatives have more than tripled in size the drone
campaign increased in 2009.
"These strikes are very poorly coordinated with other U.S.
foreign policy objectives," the CFR fellow notes. "So, there [are]
a number of issues that should cause pause and should require the
administration to provide more transparency, should make Congress
care, and we should have a better understanding of what they're
actually doing, because, in fact, we don't know other than the
If confirmed as the new director of the CIA, Brennan would
replace General David Petraeus, who resigned amid allegations of an
Critics want more transparency from the Obama