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Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign Under Pressure from Obama

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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The New York Times reported Monday morning that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been asked to resign, and that President Barack Obama would announce his resignation in a Rose Garden ceremony Monday.

The paper reported that the White House believes Hagel is not the man to lead the U.S. fight against the Islamic State. However, many Republicans believe it is Obama’s decision not to allow a substantial U.S. ground force to fight the terrorist group that is preventing the U.S. from making real progress.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens as testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group. Hagel sports a bandage on his cheek after a kitchen mishap earlier thus week. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to step down, a move that should be formally announced at the White House Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s unclear whether a new Defense Secretary would signal that Obama is ready to rethink that limitation. But it might — the Times reported that Hagel’s removal is meant to recognize the “stumbles in the government’s early response to several national security issues” including the Islamic State and Ebola.

The move comes just as the administration is preparing to ask Congress for broader authority to fight the terrorist group. The air campaign in Iraq and Syria has been allowed under Obama’s emergency authority to take steps to protect U.S. national security, but most in Congress agree some new authority is needed for the longer term.

Earlier this month, a key House Republican said Obama must keep open the option of ground troops in any new authority he requests.

The Times report said Hagel was a critic of the Iraq war with Obama when they were both in the Senate. But it said Hagel had problems influencing “Obama’s closely knit set of loyalists” in the White House to develop policy.

The Times said Obama and Hagel had discussed the issue of Hagel’s resignation together, and that both men agreed it was time for Hagel to move on.

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Donna6503
by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Thank God
Ednarooni160
by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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Didn't Obama by way of Biden send 136 million dollars?? in aid to Syria by way of Turkey..as they say "for" the Syrian refuges?   Something fishy there as we know Obama does not like the president of Syria..and we know he has been supporting the ones who are fighting against the president of that country..  We also know Obama has been downsizing our military..makes me wonder what and/or who is going to replace this guy and the military.  Tax dollars going to Syria for who knows what..and that MUCH?

When I think of Obama, his executive pen, Benghazi, fast and furious, the IRS, downsizing the military, sending $$$$$ to radical muslims..immigration policy ...I just wonder how long the people in this country are going to put up with it..



candlegal
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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some of them are smartening up and the rest would rather go down with the ship rather than admit they made a mistake.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Didn't Obama by way of Biden send 136 million dollars?? in aid to Syria by way of Turkey..as they say "for" the Syrian refuges?   Something fishy there as we know Obama does not like the president of Syria..and we know he has been supporting the ones who are fighting against the president of that country..  We also know Obama has been downsizing our military..makes me wonder what and/or who is going to replace this guy and the military.  Tax dollars going to Syria for who knows what..and that MUCH?

When I think of Obama, his executive pen, Benghazi, fast and furious, the IRS, downsizing the military, sending $$$$$ to radical muslims..immigration policy ...I just wonder how long the people in this country are going to put up with it..

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