Officials in the Obama administration are now saying what conservatives said the minute he was nominated, Chuck Hagel was not up for the job of Sec. of Defense. After nearly two years, the White House has lost confidence in Hagel, who reportedly was “disengaged in his morning briefings.”
Jennifer Griffin reporting for Fox News said a US official told her, “make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired” despite the official message coming from the Pentagon, which is that it was a “mutual decision.” Griffin reported that Obama had “lost confidence in Hagel and that the White House had been planning his exit for weeks.”
Brit Hume speculated that Hagel was cut loose over disagreements over how to deal with ISIS – specifically over ground troops.
He surmises that Obama will be on the lookout for someone who will be more agreeable to what he wants to do. The problem is, if Obama pick someone who is strong and well qualified for the job, that person won’t be agreeable with what he wants to do.
According to Zeke Miller of Time, administration officials say the three contenders at the top of the short-list to replace Hagel are Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, and former DOD officials Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter.
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