The new CIA director John Brennan is always ready to do dirty work, no matter who is the president of the United States, says former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
“Brennan has always been willing to do the dirty work of whatever president he served,” said McGovern in a phone interview with the U.S. Desk on Sunday.
Despite opposition to his nomination over his role in the U.S. drone program and answers from the Obama administration regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last year, Brennan was confirmed as the new CIA director on Thursday.
“John Brennan is whatever the president wants him to be. Obama is behind the drone program for reasons that boggle the mind,” said McGovern.
In 2009, President Obama made an attempt to nominate Brennan for the same position, but Brennan withdrew his name from consideration after facing strong criticism for being too closely associated with the CIA torture program under former U.S. president George W. Bush.
“When Bush wanted to kidnap people and put them in black prisons or give them to friendly intelligence services, so-called, to be tortured, Brennan was an open advocate of that,” McGovern added.
Regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last year, McGovern said that Brennan knows that the U.S. mission there “had an operation for arms smuggling to” those who were trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.