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Hagel Resigning as Secretary of Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense. President Obama will announce Hagel’s departure this morning at 11:10 am at the White House.

Hagel was pressured to resign, according to the New York Times:

The president . . . made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.

The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ. A Republican with military experience who was skeptical about the Iraq war, Mr. Hagel came in to manage the Afghanistan combat withdrawal and the shrinking Pentagon budget in the era of budget sequestration.

But now “the next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus,” one administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. He insisted that Mr. Hagel was not fired, saying that he initiated discussions about his future two weeks ago with the president, and that the two men mutually agreed that it was time for him to leave.

Havel has served in the job since February 2013.

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74 Responses to Hagel Resigning as Secretary of Defense

  1. “the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ”

    Yes. A different kind of skills. Skills that include the ability to pretend to be at war with ISIS; when in fact it’s all aka Obama’s ‘smoke and mirrors’ game.

    By the way, anyone notice the wound on Hagel’s face, the Monday after the Friday Cabinet meeting? Hmmmm…….

    • Lucky for us Mooch’s brother accepted a position at ESPN and is no longer available.

      SecDef has to be nominated and approved I think. Obama will put up some asshole, Congress will disapprove, and Obama will be off and running blaming all military dysfunction, casualties and deaths on the Republicans. The fact that actual lives are at stake means nothing to Barack Obama.

      At what point will America stand up and say no.

    • A costly one — we have troops in the field and a micro managed ill fated effort against ISIS.

      I assume whoever counseled Obama to commit more troops to Afghanistan will replace or will have suggested Hagel’s replacement.

      • I don’t feel sorry for Hagel. “You lie down with dogs. . . ” But I would bet that Hagel is not the one who came up with JV. He did start getting critical of Obama’s response to ISIS too.

        • I agree. If Hagel came up with smart ideas, issues, etc., o is the one that said NO………… Now o was to pretend he is the good guy. Now everyone can judge if that is the case, if Hagel should have walked out the door on o. I would hope that Hagel stuck with it, fearing who would replace him.

  2. Hagel is a dumb as a box of rocks and what he has done to destroy our military as a willing tool of Dictator Obama and the democrat party communists is unforgiveable and border line treason. Unfortunately his replacement will be far worse since Dictator Obama will appoint a radical communist who hates the United States as much as Dictator Obama to complete the transformation of the military into a tool for the suppression of liberty in this country before Dictator Obama leaves office (maybe) when his term from hell as president is over.

    Notice how Dictator Obama won’t fire anyone else but the only republican (Rhino) in his regime.

    • You do realize Hagel is getting fired because he questioned the ISIS policy?

      And please stop it with the RINO crap. If it wasn’t for RINOS, the GOP would cease to exist and the Democrats would be the only party that mattered.

      • Baloney. If conservatives had not voted, we would still have a Democratic Senate. You can’t survive without us conservatives. My empathy is for Reince Priebus who is trying to keep this big tent together and victorious.

        • Republicans won for three reasons:

          1. Obama numbers are in the toliet.
          2. The map was totally in their favor.
          3. The bigwigs in the GOP party finally grew a pair and did with their crazies what the Democrats do with theirs, kick to the back of the bus and tell them to STFU! You heard no talk of rape or other idiotic things from the GOP candidates this term because no tea party candidates won in primaries in seats that mattered.

      • Hagel was not a RINO. He went over to the Prog side.

        How many RINO’s once headed boards dedicated to the elimination of our entire nuclear arsenal?

      • I am referring to Hagel’s previous doings as Defense Secretary previous to the ISIS threat in gutting our military for which there is no excuse. So he finally grew a pair and a conscience regarding the ISIS threat which we will now confront with a hollow shell of a military. He was a disaster as a Defense Secretary.

        As for the Rhino “crap” as you so dismissively put it, they have been willing accomplices in the growth of this swollen, repressive government which now threatens our basic liberties. Witness also their supine acquiescence to the naked power grab and trampling of the constitution by Dictator Obama and his fellow democrats over the past years. The Rhinos are the real threat to the continued existence of the republican party and without the much maligned conservative wing of the party it would have never won such a resounding victory this fall. Yes sir, with Rhino standard bearers like McCain, Miss Lindsey Graham, McConnell, Boehner, Rogers, the republican party will live forever.

    • Where on earth will Obama find someone even less competent and more anti-Israel than Chuck Hagel to run DOD?

      Is Cynthia McKinney looking for work?

  3. Didn’t realize they announced the White House Thanksgiving this early, I thought the tradition was to present the turkey on Wednesday. Does Chuck at least get a Thanksgiving pardon?

  4. As some Republicans have been advocating tying up Obama’s nominations in the future in response to his rule by executive order–Ted Cruz for one–I wonder if the Hagel “retirement” is not a shot across the bow from Obama. Everyone, but everyone, knows how precious an issue defense is to the Republicans. Would the Republicans really keep the position of Secretary of Defense in a state of limbo for a long period? Maybe I’m using Byzantine reasoning, but Obama has made me that way. : – ((

    • LOL. BTW, Grace, there is really a Republican effort afoot to suppress the investigation of events in a certain Libyan city. AZ junior senator has come out and said the issue should be dropped. The Republicans are undercutting one of their brightest starts as well as a bona fide investigation. I hope you know what I’m talking about, and I hope I make it past the mods.

        • A squeaker and by no means a guarantor of future avoidance of time in the slammer.

          I am thinking we need to develop some code. I am thinking for the L country – Libation.

      • I do and I agree. But some persist in bowing to the Establishment Republicans as the only way to survive.

        Fighting with honor for truth is no longer acceptable and is deemed obstructionist. “Dissent” will be crushed by the Republican Establishment and by El Presidente’s apparatchiki.

        • In good news, NRO has come out in support of certain senator retaining chairmanship of a very important committee which deals with money. Wink, wink.

        • NO!!!!!!!!!!! Newsflash – Obama wants the GOP to react like a bunch of slobbering idiots to this. His presidency was made irrelevant by the mid-term election unless the GOP did something stupid like IDK not govern like they were elected to do but instead chase Obama around and go tict for tact like they did with the government shutdown (lead by your boy Ted Cruz, the dumbest man in America) and make people become sympathetic to Obama yet again. Remember Barrack’s poll numbers are in the toliet yes…but the GOP are even worse. The leash with the American public is insanely tight and if they spend the next two years just being a bunch of blathering morons then they will get their butt kicked yet again in 2016..which IMO is well on it’s way of happening.

          BTW, the GOP could easily get rid of the executive order by simply passing by a comprehensive immigration reform bill that still gives these people a chance but does some things most American want like higher standards on who can stay and tighter security measures. But instead the GOP went home for Thanksgiving!!!!!!

  5. Hagel never should have been given that job in the first instance, and in the second instance, Obama will just get another yes man nominated. There will be no productive shift in the Obama administration foreign policy which seems to be centered around making excuses and coddling islamic terrorists.

  6. Have it your way, la la la. O has done that basic transformation now. He has turned the media into stenographers and all the cabinet positions are merely held by chair warmers. O and Valjar are running, or is that ruining, the show?

    • Funny you mention that. I was aware of Hagel’s role at Ploughshares, and their advocacy to hollow out the US military, which Hagel supported 100 percent. He was a member of Ploughshare’s Board of Directors, for crying out loud.

      When Hagel was nominated I wrote Angus King, informing him of Hagel’s anti-military politics, and asked King to vote against Hagel in the confirmation process. King’s response? “The President has the right to nominate whomever he wants.” King obviously supported Hagel’s nomination and did in fact vote to approve.

  7. Ralph Peters — H fired for trying to do the right thing.

    For a long time Hagel did Obama;s bidding and stood by the side. First Dempsey and then Hagel went off the reservation. Hagel not the right man at the right time, but too weak. And when he tries to do the right thing they show him the door.

    The WH doesn’t want pushback. This President doesn’t want advice. He wants confirmation.

    • Obama has placed plenty of Muslim Brotherhood jihadists in his administration. So he’s got some choices to appoint one of them as SecDef. Would not surprise us in the least if he were to do so. This would be the next phase of his Revolution To Destroy The United States. The MSM would support such a nominee, you can be sure.