John Brennan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security, as part of the commissioned officer portraits taken in the War Room Suite of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Samantha Appleton

John Brennan, President Obama's pick to take over as director of the CIA, faces a confirmation hearing in the Senate on Thursday, and it's all but certain he will be quizzed about drones. Drone strikes by the CIA and the military increased dramatically as he worked as deputy national security adviser with President Obama, and Brennan has been described as the face of the drone program. But Daniel Klaidman, who tracked the Obama-Brennan relationship for his book "Kill or Capture," says that Brennan's attitude toward drones is more complicated than the popular image would suggest.

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