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Michele Flournoy, top candidate for Defense job, is said to bow out

Michele Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.

A Hagelian Dialectic

Via Shane Harris, on the resignation of defense secretary Chuck Hagel: “Hagel wasn’t brought in to tackle these crises, and some defense sources say he simply wasn’t up to it. The presumption at the beginning of his tenure was that he would be a drawdown defense secretary—something that world events ultimately wouldn’t allow.” These last…

What Obama can learn from Hagel — and from ‘Mockingjay’

PARIS — Less than 10 days before Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced his resignation, he addressed a memo to senior defense leaders. “While we have been engaged in two

What Hagel’s exit means

It took almost 40 years but the VietCong finally nailed Chuck Hagel, the only Vietnam enlistee to serve as Secretary of Defense. He was one of three people at the White House podium, taking a bullet for his Commander-in-Chief and offering his resignation like a good soldier even though his leadership was the only one […]

Obama appears to be seeking a more forceful Defense secretary

5 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

As he searches for his fourth Defense secretary in six years, President Obama appears to be looking for a more forceful, articulate military leader to navigate the tough but limited wars that are likely to consume much of his final two years in office.

Obama’s Top Choice for Defense Secretary Reportedly Drops Out of Running

6 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Michèle Flournoy, the woman who many believed to be President Barack Obama's choice to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, has reportedly removed herself from consideration.

Michèle Flournoy, rumored frontrunner for the next Secretary of Defense, told shareholders of her co

10 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Michèle Flournoy, rumored frontrunner for the next Secretary of Defense, told shareholders of her company today that she has taken her name out of the running for the position due to "family considerations." Flournoy, if she'd been appointed, would have been the first woman to hold the job. Read more...

First Potential Female Secretary Of Defense Takes Herself Out Of The Running

Michele Flournoy says she doesn’t want the job. It said in a blog post that Flournoy, co-founder and chief executive of the Center for a New American Security, had written to the think tank’s board of directors saying she would remain in her post and had asked President Barack Obama to take her out of [...]

Hagel's Resignation Spells the End of a Once Principled Presidency

The press conference in which President Obama announced the resignation of his Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was surreal. Most of Obama's speech dealt with Secretary Hagel's solid accomplishment. Had I not known this was a resignation...Show More Summary

A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

12 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded.

Meet Michele Flournoy, A Leading Candidate To Lead The Pentagon

Michele Flournoy is the early favorite to succeed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. And while some commentators have wondered whether the Pentagon's former third-highest-ranking civilian and founder of the influential Center for a...Show More Summary

Confirmation hearings provide an oversight opportunity

A recent confluence of events — the change in the Senate majority, the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the unraveling of President Obama’s foreign policy in a myriad of scary ways — gives Congress the opening to exercise a whole lot of oversight, pushing the administration to rethink its national security approach. The […]

Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

13 hours agoNews : Truthdig

It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

Bing West: Hagel or no Hagel, the President is adrift

What does it mean that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has been forced out by President Obama? True, Hagel was not effective and did not ac

Hagel was never a good fit for Obama White House

[youtube:X7Sp6w4KRUc] US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unexpectedly resigned this morning (AEST), the apparent victim of heavily criticised Obama Administration foreign-policy failures and brooding discontent within the White House. Hagel,...Show More Summary

New York Times Alters Hagel Story to Eliminate Obama's Dismissive Analysis of ISIS

14 hours agoNews : Reason

Yesterday, The New York Times broke the story that Chuck Hagel was resigning under pressure (fired) as secretary of defense. The story noted the struggle Hagel had trying to gain any traction within President Barack Obama's insider-run...Show More Summary

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates

Chuck Hagel spent two years as Defense secretary, but plenty is still left to be done to bring full LGBT equality to the military. read more

GOP should pivot away from immigration

In the space of just a few days, the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the extension of the Iran negotiations (as well as revelations about wholesale U.S. concessions) and the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict and ensuing reaction have put the executive action on immigration on the back burner. This is a good thing. […]

Chuck Hagel Leaves No Legacy

Steven P. Bucci Defense, United States The announcement that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had resigned on Monday came as no big surprise to many observers. The questions now are: How did the departure of Obama’s third Defense Secretary...Show More Summary

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