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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position at the request of President Barack Obama, who is seeking to reassure critics of his foreign policy with the move, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Monday.

The New York Times reported Monday that Obama is expected to appear in the Rose Garden on Monday to announce Hagel’s resignation, having asked him to step down last Friday.

The move, White House officials told the Times, was meant to acknowledge that the new national security threats facing the nation — most notably the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — call for different capabilities than those possessed by Hagel.

“The next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus,” an administration official told the paper.

A critic of the Iraq war, Hagel was brought on to oversee withdrawal from Afghanistan and a smaller Pentagon budget than ever before.

Hagel wasn’t fired, a White House official told the Times, but rather mutually agreed with the president that it was time for him to go. But Hagel’s aides have said the Defense Secretary, the last remaining Republican on Obama’s national security team, had planned to serve out his full four years in office.

Hagel, a former Republican Senator from Nebraska, has been in office since February 2013.

26 comments

  • billy

    great now obama can pick another replacement based on one thing,skin color.This guy wont be happy until the country is run like the post office.

    • B ADDY

      LOL!! That made me spit coffee on my keyboard!
      I’m sure a search is on for the least qualified candidate though.

  • athynz

    Didn’t Obama say he wanted to work with republicans but now is getting rid of the last one on his national security team? Go figure, he’s lied about everything else why not this.

      • athynz

        “DAVID
        shut up you ignorant little fat hobbit.”

        What’s the matter boy – did I just make your messiah look bad yet again? Tough. If you want me to shut up David, then by all means shut me up. Your whiny posts and name calling on the internet hasn’t gotten the job done – nor will it – so I guess you’ll just have to man up, grow some stones, and shut me up in person. Good luck with that.

      • David

        athynz likes to sound tough, but will soil himself and cry like a little girl when confronted. It is embarrassing.

      • athynz

        “DAVID
        athynz likes to sound tough, but will soil himself and cry like a little girl when confronted. It is embarrassing.”

        All you have to do to prove that theory is to take me up on that same offer that has been open the last 2 years… and yet here we are with you whining about how I need to shut up and go away because you can’t understand what is being said. It’s sad really. So come on boy, prove your theory right if you have the stones. After all you’ve had 2 years to find them or grow some.

    • athynz

      “DAVID
      So many idiots on here with names ending in “y” or “z”.”

      And the biggest idiot of all has a name that begins and ends in “d”. Poor scared little brainwashed man. I’d almost pity you but you revel in your ignorance and cowardice.

      • Sharon

        B Addy, shut the hell up. The only time u comment is when it’s about the president, Ferguson, or any black person. Bytch worry about your own phucked up race. No comments from you when a white person commits a crime. You and retarded Becky!!! Becky before your coo coo a $$ get on the comment board, Bytch please don’t forget to take your meds. You white people need to get one it. President Obama is the president and that’s what it is a $$holes!!!!

      • B ADDY

        LOL!!! You are not reading enough articles if that what you think. I am equal opportunity. But your race makes it too easy. Get back to me when your murder rate drops about 30% , when your out of wedlock birthrate drops about 60% , and when your drop out rate improves about 40% LOL!!!!

  • larry

    hahahahaha listen to the republicans whine!!! hahahahahahah—I LOVE IT! coffee on the keyboard! GREAT! Yes, get rid of them! Big babies! White people have been picking people based on skin color for decades/centuries. Now when black people do it, its a problem! (im not saying that is what Obama is doing though)

      • athynz

        And here’s another liberal democrat who can’t stand to hear the truth and STILL blames Bush. News flash for ya Sharon, Bush has been out of office for 6 years now and things have only gotten worse. Where is that transparent administration your messiah promised? How about that shoving Obamacare down our throats without reading it and counting “…on the ignorance of voters” – then tries to deny knowing one of the main architects of Obamacare despite proof to the contrary? Or let’s talk about those unmanned drone strikes targeting American citizens overseas without due process of law or any consideration for collateral damage. I can keep going.

        Sharon also said: “B Addy, shut the hell up. ” Why should B Addy shut up? He/she have the same right to express his/her opinion as you do. But that just goes back to my observation that liberal democrats cannot stand to hear the truth about their messiah. It’s funny how you members of the party of peace, love, and tolerance display none of those traits and are the first ones to insult others or tell them to shut up.

    • athynz

      It was another liberal democrat that said that. Imagine that. But wait – you actually commented on the article? Finally you’ve done something other than troll. It’s about time.

      • David

        shut up pea brain little fat hobbit clown. almost fall over laughing at the thought of you threatening big people.

      • athynz

        Sad scared little man who cannot back up his words and either comments to me or about me. Whatever dude. BTW who did I threaten that was big? Surely not you pipsqueak.

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