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Hagel Resisted Obama on Gitmo Releases

Feb. 2, 2015

This may be another reason why former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was forced from the Pentagon. In an interview with CNN, Hagel admitted he faced pressure from the Obama administration on releasing prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. “Not everyone at the White House has agreed with me,” Hagel said. While the Obama administration wants Gitmo emptied quickly, Hagel said he resisted the pressure from Obama, pressure from Congress and pressure from the press “because I have the responsibility and I play my own game here.” He added, “And that is because, by law, I am the one official in government charged with certification of release of detainees. I take that responsibility very seriously.” These remarks demonstrate Obama is still working behind closed doors to make good on his campaign promises – no matter the consequences. More…

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