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Chuck Hagel Resigns From Obama's Cabinet

Nov. 24, 2014

Chuck Hagel handed his resignation to Barack Obama Nov. 24, stepping down from his cabinet-level position as secretary of defense. The New York Times reports that Obama forced Hagel out of the position because the two disagreed on the level of threat ISIL posed to the nation, and Obama thinks Hagel isn’t suited to lead as the nation now responds to security threats around the world. “When I asked Chuck to serve as secretary of defense,” Obama said, “we were entering a significant period of transition: the drawdown in Afghanistan, the need to prepare our forces for future missions and tough fiscal choices to keep our military strong and ready. Over nearly two years, Chuck has been an exemplary defense secretary, providing a steady hand as we modernized our strategy and budget to meet long-term threats while still responding to immediate challenges like ISIL and Ebola.” Hagel will leave a military force that is being downsized from budget cuts, and a commander in chief who wants to soft-pedal on all the world’s crises. More…

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