Under the Bus: Obama Forces Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel Out for Being Too Critical of His Decisions, for Speaking the Truth about Obama’s Incoherent Foreign Policy in Syria (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 24, 2014
Political analyst Charles Krauthammer nails it — Pres. Barack Obama can’t tolerate criticism, so it makes perfect sense that his administration is throwing Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, the only Republican in the president’s cabinet, under the bus for speaking the truth.
Hagel had the audacity to disagree with the president that the Muslim terrorist group ISIS is dangerous. Hagel also said that Team Obama’s U.S. foreign policy in Syria is incoherent.
As Krauthammer pointed out this evening in a special report with Bret Baier at Fox News, “Obama can tolerate a lot: cluelessness, incompetence, laziness. But not criticism. He had to go.”
From Breitbart Big Government, John McCain: Chuck Hagel Was ‘Very Very Frustrated’ with Obama:
Sen. John McCain says: “I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated.” McCain, expected to become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, was reacting to news that President Obama is forcing Secretary of Defense Hagel to resign.
In an radio interview with KFYI radio in Phoenix, McCain said that he just spoke with Hagel on the phone and had met with him recently. McCain was a vocal opponent of Hagel’s nomination in 2013, but pointed out that the former Republican senator was unfairly characterized as not being able to handle the job.
“Already White House people are leaking ‘well he wasn’t up to the job,’ 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,” McCain said.
McCain praised Hagel for characterizing ISIS as the greatest threat in the Middle East, while Obama was calling them members of a JV team.
Obama has been micromanaging foreign policies & war–wouldn't even include Hagel in meetings–and yet Hagel is blamed for Obama's FAILURES!
— GretchenInOK (@GretchenInOK) November 25, 2014
— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) November 25, 2014
— Valentine Cotton (@vmpcott) November 25, 2014
Departing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may have sealed his exit in this interview with Charlie Rose last week. Rose conducted the interview at the Pentagon.
In the interview, Hagel made two key points that serve as accusations that President Barack Obama is mismanaging the United States military and the ISIS threat.
Rose asked Hagel to elaborate on comments that he made in a speech at the Reagan Library last weekend. In that speech, Hagel said that America’s military capability, while still the best in the world, is being threatened.
Hagel re-iterated that to Rose, but also left viewers to wonder about the direction that President Obama is taking the military.
“I am worried about it, I am concerned about it, Chairman Dempsey is, the chiefs are, every leader of this institution,” Hagel said, including Pentagon leadership but leaving both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s names out of his list of officials who are worried about the U.S. military’s declining capability. Hagel said that the Congress and the American people need to know what while the U.S. military remains the strongest, best trained and most motivated in the world, its lead is being threatened because of policies being implemented now.
Hagel went on to note that a good leader prepares their institution for future success, saying that “the main responsibility of any leader is to prepare your institution for the future. If you don’t do that, you’ve failed. I don’t care how good you are, how smart you are, any part of your job. If you don’t prepare your institution, you’ve failed.”
Associated Press: Obama Announces Hagel Resignation from Pentagon
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.
[Hagel] criticized Obama for failing in areas like the Middle East, Ukraine, and responding to a newly aggressive China.
“We’ve had our disagreements but Chuck Hagel is an honorable man,” McCain added.
At the news conference, Obama said Hagel concluded it’s an “appropriate time” for him to complete his service. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he’s struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team. He stepped down under pressure amid multiple foreign policy crises, including the rise of the Islamic State group.
But in remarks at the White House, Obama praised Hagel as “an exemplary defense secretary” and steady hand for strategy and budget. Obama said he’ll always be grateful that Hagel has always “given it to me straight.”
The Vietnam veteran and former Republican senator took office less than two years ago, and was charged with overseeing the winding down of decade-long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hagel, 68, also steered the military during sweeping changes involving gays and women in the military. But in recent months, the Pentagon has taken on new challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and deploying military personnel to Africa to fight Ebola.
Sources told FoxNews.com that Obama’s dissatisfaction with Hagel, as well as a desire to shake up the cabinet following the devastating midterm elections, played a role in the president seeking Hagel’s ouster.
“Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired,” a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News.
More from the Twitterverse:
— William+Eaves (@deaves49) November 25, 2014
Chuck Hagel has my utmost respect for finally speaking the truth to Obama. The Emperor has no clothes.
— JMOKC FIRE CRACKA (@JMOKC) November 25, 2014
Obama is the reason we have no strategy for ISIS….. yet he throws Hagel under the bus? Not that I'm a Hagel fan but….
— Dagwood Bumstead (@Daggy1) November 25, 2014
— TaoTao (@Lawyrup1) November 25, 2014
Obama's new leader at the Pentagon will mean more war – not less | Trevor Timm http://t.co/ADvlfP6kMl
— Mark Calabria (@MarkCalabria) November 25, 2014