Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Shown the Door … Barack Obama Can Tolerate A Lot, Cluelessness, Incompetence & Laziness But Not Criticism



Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is out. Some say he resigned, others say it was a firing. In any event, Hagel has stepped down as Defense Secretary. Talk about a revolving door. On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense. On February 12, 2013, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved Hagel’s nomination. Now on 11/23/14, Hagel has resigned. The former Senator from Nebraska had many missteps and seemed like he was over his head from the outset. But how should that be any different from others in Obama’s inner circle, including Obama himself? However, it was Hagel’s criticism of Obama policy that ultimately led to his demise.  Hagel’s comment that ISIS is “like beyond anything we have ever seen” might have been the truth, but as we have seen on so many other occasions with the Obama presidency, there is no place for the truth with this administration.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s exit from the Obama administration came after weeks of discussion with President Obama over what role he would play in shaping defense policy over the last two years of his term.

The pair ultimately came to the conclusion that another leader would be better equipped to lead the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), senior administration and Defense officials said.

While aides described the departure as a mutual decision based on shifting priorities at the Department of Defense, there are signs that tensions between Hagel and the White House contributed to the personnel change.


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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Hagel’s problems were not institutional, he was over his head from the beginning. Anybody who watched his hearings knew that, he knew that. He was sort of a non-presence for the first year or so. The irony is that he got tossed in the end and thrown under the bus because he actually sort of spoke up, spoke out and spoke the truth on the fact that the Syrian policy was entirely incoherent. He went against the White House and Susan Rice and the NSC, who were trying to manage his department and manage the Department of Defense over his head. And when he said the truth, he criticized the administration. Obama can tolerate a lot — cluelessness, incompetence, laziness — but not criticism; he had to go.

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    2 Responses to “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Shown the Door … Barack Obama Can Tolerate A Lot, Cluelessness, Incompetence & Laziness But Not Criticism”

    1. Tamikosmom on November 25th, 2014 11:22 am

      At the get go … immediately following the media revelation regarding the ISIS threat that was marching across the Mid-east … Defense Secretary Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey … made the decision not to be Administrative team players. Hagel and Dempsey did not deny the “clear and present danger”. WILL DEMPSEY BE THE NEXT TO “STEP DOWN”?


      Hagel: ISIS ‘beyond anything that we’ve seen,’ US must ‘get ready’
      August 22, 2014

      Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a dire warning Thursday about the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, saying the organization is “beyond anything that we’ve seen.”

      “ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. Oh, this is beyond anything that we’ve seen. So we must prepare for everything.”


      Dempsey: ISIS An ‘Immediate Threat’ From ‘Open Borders And Immigration Issues’
      August 22, 2014

      Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said that “open borders and immigration issues” have made Europeans and other foreigners who have joined ISIS an “immediate threat” to the U.S. and its allies domestically.

      Dempsey said that the “immediacy” is the threat of non-Middle Easterners who joined ISIS but who have passports and access to return to Western countries.

      “Those folks can go home at some point,” Dempsey said of Europeans that have joined the ISIS movement. “It’s why I have conversations with my European colleagues about their southern flank of NATO, which I think is actually more threatened in the near term than we are. Nevertheless, because of open borders and immigration issues, it’s… an immediate threat.”

    2. A Texas Grandfather on November 25th, 2014 1:48 pm

      There were two reasons that Chuck Hagel was picked for the Secretary of Defense. First it potentially reduced the number of Republicans in the Senate and second Hagel was only an enlisted man in the service. It didn’t matter how smart or how ignorant he was, he lacked the proper qualifications to understand military support and operations.

      He then decided that some of Obama’s close staff were stepping on his toes and that cut him off from any meaningful interaction.

      Obama is worse than LBJ regarding understanding the military and how to make it work. He is less qualified than Hagel in that regard. A community organizer trying to run the country is totally unqualified for his position of POTUS and it shows every day.

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