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Hagel to resign as DefSec

 
 
Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 10:35 am
USAToday wrote:
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign Monday as the Obama administration attempts to retool its strategy against the Islamic State, sources said Monday.

Hagel submitted his resignation Monday morning, according to a senior Defense Department official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

A White House official said Hagel began speaking with Obama about departing the administration beginning in October, noting that the midterm congressional elections provided a natural transition. Obama has also spoken to many top administration officials about whether they would stay on for the last two years of his presidency, the official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity so that Hagel could make the announcement himself, said the Defense secretary is expected to stay on the job until a successor is nominated and confirmed by Congress.


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revelette2
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 10:55 am
@Lustig Andrei,
Well, that was quick. I must admit, when he talked he didn't seem very confident.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 11:25 am
@Lustig Andrei,
I dont think Hagel was up to the job but being Obama's Sec Def is a super sucky job. You have political idiots in the White House thinking they know more than then military men, increasing threats, degreasing budgets.

I think Hagel leaving all boils down to money, in the last two months Obama made it clear to Hagel that he expects the Defense department to do a list of things, and he told Hagal how much money he would have to accomplish these things. The two dont match, the expectations are unreasonable.

A new guy in the Sec Def chair is not going to solve that problem. The problem is Obama's lack of hold on reality.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 11:36 am
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense after less than two years on the job, reports say, after failing to convince White House and Department of Defense officials of his competence. Said one senior administration official quoted by MSNBC (anonymously, of course): "He wasn't up to the job

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/11/24/chuck_hagel_resigning_secretary_of_defense_pushed_out_reports_say.html

Was not able to deal with the hen pecking from the Obama political team, was not able to make enough soup from stones re the expectations and budget, gets you " he was not up to the job".
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 05:46 pm
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Michael Goldfarb of Center for American Freedom, who was deputy communications director for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid, also wasn’t coy about his opposition to Hagel’s confirmation back in early 2013. Now he says Hagel’s brief tenure wasn’t a surprise.

“It was destined he wouldn’t last long or do much of value,” he said via email. “I don't think they understood just how irresponsible they were being in pushing ahead with the pick though, mostly because they believed their own bullshit, they believed their policies were working, and it wasn't until about half-way through Hagel's short run as Secretary of Defense that it became really clear to everyone that Obama's foreign policy was a total train-wreck that just happened to be taking place in slow-motion.”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/11/24/chuck_hagel_s_old_foes_say_it_s_obama_s_fault_he_failed_as_secretary_of.html

Ya, I certainly think that team Obama thought that they could use any warm body in the SEC DEF chair, that they did not need someone capable. It just goes to show how little regard he has for our nations soldiers.

Now he has extended the Afghanistan war, We are back at war in Iraq, have started a new war in Syria, and Obama is almost certainly now going to ramp up the war in Syria. Oh, and the Chinese are really starting to stir the ****, there is going to be trouble in the South China Sea before long. Oh, and Putin is acting like he has the Soviet Military at hand, he is flying Russian planes and floating Russian ships into areas that the Russians had abandoned soon after the dissolving of the USSR. Obama actually needed a more than a body in the chair, he needed someone with skills.


OOPS!
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 06:14 pm
@hawkeye10,

That's why youre not in HR
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 06:18 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:


That's why youre not in HR


when you define " that's" then you will have made a statement.

You are an educated man right? How bout acting like it?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 04:48 am
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:

when you define " that's" then you will have made a statement.

You are an educated man right? How bout acting like it?


"That's" clearly refers to your moronic postings on this thread. FM is acting very much like an educated man, a pithy succinct post, which most of us understood without it needing to be explained. It flew right over your head though, but then again, most things do.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 09:58 pm
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But in a letter Tuesday to members of the CNAS board of directors, Flournoy said she would remain in her post at the think tank and asked Obama to take her out of consideration to be the next secretary of defense. Flournoy told the board members that family health considerations helped drive her decision and the fact that two of her children are leaving for college in the next two years.
"Last night I spoke with President Obama and removed myself from consideration due to family concerns," reads the letter, first obtained by FP. "After much agonizing, we decided that now was not the right time for me to reenter government.

Flournoy's decision means that only one of the three widely rumored names for the post remains under consideration: Ashton Carter, the former deputy secretary of defense. When Hagel was ousted Monday, speculation had immediately turned to Flournoy, Carter, and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a former Army Ranger. But Reed took himself out of the running shortly after Hagel announced his resignation.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/11/25/exclusive_flournoy_drops_out_of_race_to_be_next_secretary_of_defense



WOW. Not only do we have former high level Obama team members giving him the finger before he even leaves office, we also have people he wants on his team telling him " no thanks". I know this is a thankless job, but there is more to it than that. People simply dont want to be on Obama's team.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2014 10:38 pm
Ashton Carter is the name, a 60 year old wonky bureaucrat. Not a warfighter, not a leader. This is going to be JUST GREAT!
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2014 10:52 pm
@hawkeye10,
a recent very good paper written by the incoming SEC DEF is here:
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140346/ashton-b-carter/running-the-pentagon-right

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revelette2
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 10:02 am
What you need to know about Ashton Carter, Obama's new Defense Secretary nominee

Shouldn't have any trouble passing him in the new congress?
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