US defense secretary Chuck Hagel resigns

After less than two years on the job, United States defense secretary Chuck Hagel has submitted his formal resignation. According to BBC News, Hagel will stay on as the defense secretary until a proper replacement has been found. Before his tenure in the Department of Defense, he had previously served as a combat soldier in Vietnam, a Republican senator in Nebraska, and most importantly, a Georgetown professor.

Hagel has been known for his criticism of different military strategies in the past, including American involvement in Iraq and, more recently, the US strategy against the Syrian regime and the Islamic State. “I know that he was very, very frustrated,” said Senator John McCain according to Fox News. According to Fox, although McCain had opposed his colleague’s appointment as defense secretary, he was disappointed in the antagonism he faced as he was leaving.

The Obama administration noted that when faced with various crises over the last two years like ISIS, Ebola, and Russia’s aggressions in the Ukraine, Hagel did not exhibit that he was capable of handling such issues, especially in terms of organization and management. It also did not help that he and Susan Rice were not on good terms, according to foreign policy expert Steve Clemons.

An inside source made a statement that both President Barack Obama and Hagel agreed it was time for him to step down. Obama had allegedly said that Hagel had even come to discuss the most proper timing for his resignation. However, according to BBC, NBC News, Fox NewsNew York Times and others, Hagel’s decision to resign was based more on pressure coming from the Commander in Chief than on mutual agreement.

Accrording to NBC, the idea that Obama and Hagel had similar thoughts in terms of military strategy has suggested that perhaps that Hagel has been posed as a “sacrificial lamb”, showing Obama that he may need to reconsider his thoughts on national security.

The President said that he felt “”extraordinary lucky” to have had Hagel on staff as defense secretary, and Hagel noted too that being defense secretary had been the “great privilege of my life to lead and most importantly to serve the men and women of the defense department”.

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One Comment on “US defense secretary Chuck Hagel resigns

  1. 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.

    He picked a fight with Russia over an area which is part of their near abroad. Hagel realized that he was duped or scammed by Obama just like millions and millions of other Americans who now recognize Obama for who he really is.

    Obama ruined health insurance. My health insurance is up to $450/month from just $200/month. My car insurance is currently only $25/month (from Insurance Panda) and renter’s only $15/month (from Eagle)…both private enterprise… but who knows when Obama will try to step in and socialize that?

    With everything Obama touched in shambles, Barry needs a new job. The guy needs to step down before he is impeached. One has to look at Hagel’s resignation as another opportunity for Al Sharpton to either be named to the vacant Sec. of Defense position or being consulted on who should get the job.

    Once again to avert being rightfully blamed, Obama has probably thrown Hagel under the bus to cover up his failings as Commander in Chief.

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