William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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BRENNAN – AT 7:52 A.M. ET:  Advance word is that Obama has picked counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA.  The announcement is expected today, at the same time Obama nominates the creepy Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.

Brennan served in the CIA for 25 years.  If confirmed, he will succeed David Petraeus, who, we are told, had to resign over a romantic affair.  (I have some doubts about that story.) 

I don't know much about Brennan, except that he always struck me as a company guy.  I have no opinion on him, one way or the other.

Meanwhile, the Obama state media is trying to prepare the way for the Hagel nomination, which is highly controversial.  Hagel's backers, parroted by some reporters, point to Hagel's war record in Vietnam.  I'm moved that so many leftist Democrats have suddenly discovered the virtues of military service.  I hadn't noticed that before.  We certainly didn't notice it when Obama ran against a true war hero, John McCain, in 2008.

The Obama amen corner is also touting Hagel as a Republican, and thus a bipartisan choice.  This is horribly embarrassing for any honest reporter, as Hagel hasn't been a Republican in years.  It was pointed out that, during the election campaign just concluded, his lawn was filled with yard signs for Democratic candidates.  Had Obama wanted true bipartisanship, he could have done the noble thing and asked former opponent McCain to take the Pentagon.  It would have been seen as a grand gesture.  But grand and noble acts are not the Chicago style of politics.

Kerry at State, Hagel at Defense.  Our soldiers must be thrilled. 

In Tehran, they're probably popping the corks.

January 7,  2013