Brought on board to manage the drawdown of the Afghan war and to manage budget sequestration, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has been sacked today, though the official term is “handing in his resignation under pressure.”
Meant to be someone streamlining the massive defense budget, Hagel was criticized by officials as “not a forceful presence in internal policy debates,” and not a good fit for a Pentagon going back onto a war footing.
Hagel was the lone Republican in the administration’s security cabinet, and was early on seen as insufficiently hawkish for many officials’ taste, which led to a battle over his nomination.
Sen. John McCain (R – AZ), the incoming Senate Armed Services chair, was critical of Hagel’s nomination, and demanded the ouster of him and everyone else on the national security team in summer, but today condemned his ouster as well.
Some experts on the administration say his sacking was less to do with his policy, however, than his personality, saying he was known to have “a crappy relationship with Susan Rice.”
Former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy is being floated as the front-runner to replace Hagel. A Clinton-appointee, Flournoy was pushed heavily during Hagel’s confirmation process as an alternative.
15 thoughts on “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Fired”
I guess had was not a big enough lying warmonger for these people?
Hagel is being forced out because even he sees Obama's foreign policy doesn't make sense. Obama has sat on his hands while ISIS took over Iraq and the middle east. He is a fool domestically and internationally. Obama has ruined our country.
No, it's not Obama. It's just that he's a weak man who is easily pressured to do the bidding of those behind the scenes who pull the strings. Can you spell "neoconservative"?
Nah, they're just clearing the chaff and arranging the deck chairs for the next Imperialist. Flournoy is an old Clintonista – and a neocon to boot. So, things won't get any worse than they were already headed.
George Warmonger Bush has been out of office for years but the war he started and Ehud Barack Obama finished but is starting again has caused ISIS to come to power. Obama's war in Libya caused the Benghazi attacks and Islamists to come to power in Mali. Obama doesn't keep his promises. Our troops are not leaving Afghanistan and GITMO is still open. Hillbilly Rodham Clinton did nothing to prevent the Benghazi attacks and "W" did nothing to prevent 9-11.
Since Obama may be going bonkers, or he's just worried about his legacy with the establishment and wants to make sure he'll get those juicy $100000/speech jobs, he might as well pick MadMcCain, or hand the Pentagon over to some israeli, there's seem to be tons of them in US government position.
Such as Hagel's likely replacement Michele Flournoy.
What's one more eh?
The Times of Israel (!): http://www.timesofisrael.com/glass-shattering-flo…
Older Woodward on Hagel:
In the first months of the Obama presidency in 2009, Chuck Hagel […] reported here for the first time, he told Obama: “We are at a time where there is a new world order. We don’t control it. You must question everything, every assumption, everything they” — the military and diplomats — “tell you. Any assumption 10 years old is out of date. You need to question our role. You need to question the military. You need to question what are we using the military for.["]
That seems like it would've been appealing in a backlash-against-Bush period. It might not be in a period where a deal with the devil is made… Prior to that tense Aug-Sept where the Jewish Lobby came out of ~"nearly two weeks" of stealth-mode for open mass murder promotion.. . there was what had to have been an unprecedented plagued-with-scandals cascade…Obama would have seen that as someone's pressure. Also interesting that the Aug-Sept of 2014 succeeded in generating the consensus against an enemy that failed drastically in Aug-Sept of 2013. For some reason, the usual pressure didn't like Hagel before… …doubt much has changed.
Hagel was canned because he couldn't keep his mouth shut. His New World Order
and perpetual war claptrap didn't sit well with the MIC and AIPAC/Zionist scum in
control of this country.
I think you would be correct … IF the "MIC and AIPAC/Zionist scum" cared what the common people thought about what they are doing. But they don't. Perhaps they never did but maintained the illusion that the little guy still has a voice.
Sir, you make a (very) good point
You people are all well informed, and I think you already know what you will be getting as secretary of defense if Michele Flournoy gets the job. Score one more for Israel.:/
Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisrael.com/glass-shattering-flo…
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-wood/us-war-s…
Paid actor Obama — Director of the White House Theater Guild
Hand picked and election funded was Obama, for it cost a power combine of corporate investors over $2 billion to get Obama elected, another $2 billion to keep him elected and in return they have broken all records for corporate profit.
So, the illusion that Hagel was forced out of office, like everything else done by the Administration was to keep the public fooled into thinking that we really do have a democracy.
And so, to overthrow the most corrupt Empire the world has ever known, all we need do is to drive into bankruptcy one corporation after another, until the corporate rich decide that its either stay out of politics or go out of business.
According to these anti-war sites I thought Hagel was supposed to be a dove?
He was nothing more than the cabinet war mouthpiece and looked like a fool half the time
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