Why He Matters
The Senate confirmed John Brennan to be the director of the CIA, by a 63-34 vote, on March 7, 2013.
Brennan boasts a 25-year intelligence career and an expertise in counterterrorism, skills that aided President Obama while Brennan was deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism. But his presence in the White House was also troubling to some who questioned his involvement in Bush-era interrogation tactics.
A fluent Arabic speaker, Brennan is known for being smart and tough-as-nails. According to George W. Bush CIA director George J. Tenet, Brennan once confronted a top Iranian spy in the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.