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The New York Times
reported that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down. President Obama will be making the official announcement today.
I had a feeling that Secretary Hagel was on his way out after watching his recent hour long interview
with Charlie Rose. He was asked point blank whether he was going to stick around for the remainder of President Obama's second term and he gave the typical political response of someone who wasn't quite ready to say he was already out the door.
On a personal note--I was quite impressed with Secretary Hagel's short tenure as Secretary of Defense. I think he did the job he was tasked with doing and is the unfortunate 'fall guy' in an Administration that has to show it's willing to change things up a bit after a less than stellar midterm election. If you sit back and think about who on the President's National Security team would have to go, it is not surprising that President Obama decided to settle with Hagel. He would never ask Kerry to step down and Susan Rice is much to close to the President to ever be asked to leave. That left the President with one person.
What do you think about Hagel's departure? Do you believe he was a fall guy and the President had no other choice or is there another reason that he decided to step down after only two years on the job?