Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hagel Says "Goodbye"

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on the way out. He resigned on Monday; although it isn't clear if he was pushed out or if he wanted out (could be both). Some observers say that Susan Rice is consolidating her position within the "inner circle" (not good news). Read more in "Farewell to Chucky", Best  Defense, November 24, 2014. Defense One says Hagel has been under mounting pressure in recent months due to the number of national security issues facing the Obama administration. Chuck Hagel issued a news release announcing his resignation (DoD News, 24 Nov 14). Time Magazine ran the headline "Hagel Retreats From Pentagon Under Fire" - facing criticism that his "low-key style" was suited for the current climate (Ukraine, ISIS, etc.). A press conference was held on Monday with President Obama and SECDEF Hagel - The Washington Post carried the transcript. I can't wait for the book!

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