Did Hagel resign or did he get the boot?
Other than remarks by Senator John McCain who opposed Chuck Hagel’s appointment to Defense Secretary there is no evidence in this Fox News story to support the headline. The only sniping that is known for certain is the column by the National Politics Examiner this morning that said he wasn’t qualified for job. Furthermore, the President is terrible at staffing.
The big news is who will lead the Defense Department in the absence of Hagel. Republican have said that they won’t approve new cabinet appointments which means Eric Holder will hold onto his job.
Play chess as President Obama likes to do, watch for another check mate with his asking Buck McKeon to step in. That would be a mate.
For certain, Leon Panetta won’t be back. Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico might be available. Richardson would be a better Secretary of State, but there is no way that the GOP would accept John Kerry as Defense Secretary.
Who else is knocking around with credentials? The best bet is Ashton Carter.
“Ashton Carter: A former deputy secretary of Defense, Mr. Carter most recently served under Messrs. Hagel and Panetta as the Pentagon’s chief operating officer — managing the logistics and operations for the military. He’s done stints in both the Obama and Clinton administrations and has been in and out of government over the years in a wide variety of Department of Defense roles.
He’s also had extensive private sector experience — serving on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and working as a senior partner at the consulting firm Global Technology Partners. He’s also a held positions at the Aspen Strategy Group, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and Rockefeller University.”
“Ugly ouster: ‘Frustrated’ Hagel faces unfair sniping on way out, says McCain
Published November 24, 2014
WASHINGTON – Ousted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had become “very, very frustrated” in the post before President Obama sought his resignation, according to a key lawmaker, who blasted the White House for a whispering campaign that accompanied the Pentagon boss’ abrupt ouster Monday morning.
“I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated,” Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is expected to take control of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, said in a radio interview with KFYI.
McCain spoke following a Rose Garden press conference at which Hagel stood stiffly while Obama announced he would be stepping down. Although McCain, who served in the Senate with Hagel from 1996-2008, opposed his fellow Vietnam veteran’s appointment to defense secretary, he said administration sources were wrong to assail Hagel on his way out the door.
“Already White House people are leaking, ‘Well, he wasn’t up to the job,’” McCain said. “Well, believe me, he was up to the job. It was the job he was given, where he really was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we’re in today throughout the world.”
Fox News’ Justin Fishel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.”