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John Brennan on NDAA Veto Threat

By Benjamin Wittes
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 9:42 AM

President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, has given an extended interview to NPR on the administration's view of the NDAA's detainee affairs provision and its threat to veto the legislation. Not a lot new in the interview, but it does seem to me significant that the administration is reiterating the veto threat at this late stage. For whatever it's worth, I remain of the view of that the moment President Obama convinces Congress that he is actually prepared to veto the NDAA--and it may require his actually doing so to convince many legislators of this--he will force the serious policy discussion of these questions that has so far eluded us. I take Brennan's interview as a sign that Obama may just have the nerve to do this.