Report: Obama Considering Kerry for Defense Secretary

Monday, 12 Nov 2012 09:58 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry may become Defense Secretary in a broad restructuring by President Barack Obama of his national security team that could easily see Susan Rice being named as Secretary of State.

Kerry has long coveted the job of Secretary of State, the Washington Post reports. Rice is the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who remains under fire for her early explanations of the Sept. 11 attack on the Libyan consulate.

John O. Brennan, the president’s chief counterterrorism adviser, is a strong possible replacement for David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director on Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair, the Post reports.

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But if Brennan leaves government service, as he has planned, then Michael Morell, the acting director CIA director, is most likely to get the job, the Post reports.

Officials cautioned that no decisions have yet been made, the Post reports.

Rice’s comments on the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans remain controversial.

Her Sept. 16 remarks on Sunday talk shows that the attack began as a peaceful protest against an anti-Muslim film that later was “hijacked” by militants is seen by some congressional Republicans that Rice was either participating in a cover-up or was incompetent, the Post reports.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that Rice “would have an incredibly difficult time” being confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State, the Post reports.

She has been with the president since his first presidential campaign in 2007, the Post reports.

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