Here is video of President Obama today at the White House officially nominating Sen. Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan to become Director of the CIA. Both must now be confirmed by vote of the U.S. Senate. Brennan looks virtually sure for confirmation, while Hagel may be more problematic because of his past statements on Israel and Iran.
Here is video of NBC News’ Chuck Todd on “Today” this morning where he said as many as ten Democratic U.S. Senators could vote against President Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense – former Sen. Chuck Hagel. Todd also reported that Obama will nominate John Brennan to become CIA Director.
Here is video of John Brennan – Obama’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser – facing a chorus of questions from White House Reporters today as to “Why” the Obama Administration felt it necessary to follow Islamic Law and bury Osama Bin Laden within 24 hours “according to Islamic requirements.” Brennan just repeated several times that it was felt this was the best course of action, but never really answered the fundamental question of “Why?” the United States has to follow Islamic Law.
“There is a requirement within Islamic Law that an individual must be buried within 24 hours.”
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was caught flat-footed in an interview when asked his thoughts on the London Terror Arrests that had occurred earlier in the day. After several moments of awkward silence, Cheif Counter-terrorism Adviser John Brennan answered for him. Clapper admitted he was not aware of the arrests later in the interview. However, his office has issued a statement saying the question was “ambiguous,” and that Clapper has “profound” knowledge of the terrorist threat streams coming out of Europe.
I’m sure Director Clapper is a very capable man. But something failed here in getting that information to him ahead of a National Interview. I would bet he’s trying to make sure this does not happen again.
By the way – below is a compilation of video reports on the London Terror Arrests that took place yesterday:
Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism – John Brennan – is in the news today for his description of how the Obama Administration is approaching the Islamic Jihadist enemy America faces today. Basically, they are pretending the real enemy does not exist. Here is what Brennan said:
“Our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not terror, because terror is a state of mind – and as Americans we refuse to live in fear. Nor do we describe our enemy as ‘Islamists’ or ‘Jihadists,’ because ‘Jihad’ is a ‘Holy Struggle,’ a legitimate tenet of Islam.”
This is not the first time Brennan has made this argument. Back in August of last year, Brennan made an extensive speech laying out the radical worldview of President Obama and his administration. It was this speech in which they essentially declared that the “War on Terror” does not exist. Below is a link to the full speech Brennan delivered last August.