As I mull over and view the above video of President Obama's recent personnel announcement of his recent nominees; "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye is softly playing in the background. I've been reading and listening to different perspectives from progressives, conservatives (black and white) moderate op ed folks such as Eugene Robinson and some others regarding this matter. Viewed a panel discussion on Melissa Harris-Perry's 1/12/2013 show about it especially as it relates to the lack of diversity for key powerful positions within the administration. As always, those who refuse to publicly express serious concern about his choices always begin with this caveat..."I'm somewhat concerned about his choices...BUT" and you can fill in the excuses or rationales they've used to reconcile their concerns.
Chuck Hagel (appointed Secretary of Defense) is one that they (all the above) assert is not in the pocket of the republicans and right now has lost favor with them over his stands on Israel and the middle east so..he may be worth the fight with Congress over his appointment. There is still room for concern. John Brennan is another matter. For all that is prudent; I don't understand why he chose this man as an adviser during his first term and finally decided to give him the most powerful position of CIA Director in the field of espionage. The collateral impact the latter has on domestic issues also leaves one in a state of incredulity; given his dubious history. Truthdig among other websites exposed this facet which is hard to swallow I would think for most moderates and of course progressives have added this development to their long list of issues in trying to determine who is President Barack Obama. Brennan is a scary guy and he's had the President's ear on drone strikes, torture issues and that open festering sore Guantánamo Bay among other contentions.
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I thought I'd share Truthdig's article for the sake of this post on these nominations as well as their links. If you are so inclined to express your concerns, make a comment or provide other links to articles that would be of interest on this matter; please feel free do do so.
Obama’s CIA Pick Stinks of Torture, Targeted Killings - Truthdig