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.
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
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.”
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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.