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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    Plenty of fall guys to choose from.

    Seems they have had one round from the Clinton days. How that happened.....only the Neo Cons know.



    Michèle Angelique Flournoy (born December 14, 1960) is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the third-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense, and in that role served as principal advisor to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta from February 2009 to February 2012. When the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on February 9, 2009, she was at the time the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon in the department's history. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and as a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), which she co-founded in 2007.

    Flournoy attended Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles, California, and has a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from Harvard University. She received an M.Litt. in international relations in 1983 from Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar at Balliol College

    Flournoy served as a political appointee under the Clinton administration in the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was dual-hatted as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. In that capacity, she was responsible for three policy offices in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:.....snip~

    Michèle Flournoy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Who do you want for defense secretary?
    Any well-qualified official the Liar-in-Chief does not want would be fine. But depending on the timing of this change, someone may be appointed before the next Senate is seated. If so, it hardly matters who it is. Any yes-man who supports President Pinprick's feckless policies will do.

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Did any see who BO was looking to replace Hagel with? What do you think about a Woman Running the Pentagon? You know BO will go with the Historical and try to get women to flock back to the Demos.



    Among the leading contenders to replace Hagel is Michele Flournoy, who served as the Pentagon's policy chief for the first three years of Obama's presidency. Flournoy, who would be the first woman to head the Pentagon, is now chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security, a think tank that she co-founded.

    Others mentioned as possible replacements include Ash Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, and Robert Work, who currently holds that post.

    The timing of Hagel's departure sets up a potential confirmation fight in the Senate. Republicans, who will take control of the body next month, have been deeply critical of the president's foreign policy.....snip~
    I dont care that shes a woman. I do care that she lacks military experience. DOD needs someone with a deep understanding of the military. Someone like Robert Work, the current undersecretary.

    Robert O. Work - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    I dont care that shes a woman. I do care that she lacks military experience. DOD needs someone with a deep understanding of the military. Someone like Robert Work, the current undersecretary.

    Robert O. Work - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Yeah I don't care about the part about her being a woman. It was that Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard that has me wondering why none in the Bush Administration did not remove this individual out government.

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by matchlight View Post
    The President "shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . ." I hope the Republican majority in the next Senate--it's pretty clear the final gain will be nine seats--will block any and all nominations this President makes. Since he wants war, give him war. If he wants to appoint officials, let him nominate only ones Republicans approve of.
    I'm no fan of Obama's, but that would be utterly foolish. The President, any President, should have whomever he/she wants in any cabinet position failing the nominee has serious criminal and/or personal/psychiatric disqualifiers. Judges - that's a whole other story.
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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Seems they have had one round from the Clinton days. How that happened.....only the Neo Cons know.



    Michèle Angelique Flournoy

    Meet the Insurgency: Inside the Liberal Take-Over of U.S. National Security


    >" Long before John Kerry’s Election Day defeat in 2004, his supporters had grown tired of seeing Democrats labeled the weaker party on national security. A few of them pledged never again to be branded as soft on defense. But the problem was that these inspired wonks didn’t know how to get into government, much less steer American national security and change the minds of the electorate. There is no local recruitment office for Middle East policy intellectuals like there is for the Marine Corps. The policy world seemed almost impenetrable to all but a handful of the most determined and connected.

    So they drafted a plan..."<

    continue -> Meet the Insurgency: Inside the Liberal Take-Over of U.S. National Security - Defense One

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Seems they have had one round from the Clinton days. How that happened.....only the Neo Cons know.



    Michèle Angelique Flournoy (born December 14, 1960) is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the third-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense, and in that role served as principal advisor to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta from February 2009 to February 2012. When the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on February 9, 2009, she was at the time the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon in the department's history. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and as a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), which she co-founded in 2007.

    Flournoy attended Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles, California, and has a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from Harvard University. She received an M.Litt. in international relations in 1983 from Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar at Balliol College

    Flournoy served as a political appointee under the Clinton administration in the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was dual-hatted as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. In that capacity, she was responsible for three policy offices in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:.....snip~

    Michèle Flournoy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I guess everyone with military experience isn't available at this time. Who's more qualified for the job than someone with a BA in social studies?

    I can't imagine even Obama being that stupid to appoint this Beverly Hills High grad.
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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post

    Meet the Insurgency: Inside the Liberal Take-Over of U.S. National Security


    >" Long before John Kerry’s Election Day defeat in 2004, his supporters had grown tired of seeing Democrats labeled the weaker party on national security. A few of them pledged never again to be branded as soft on defense. But the problem was that these inspired wonks didn’t know how to get into government, much less steer American national security and change the minds of the electorate. There is no local recruitment office for Middle East policy intellectuals like there is for the Marine Corps. The policy world seemed almost impenetrable to all but a handful of the most determined and connected.

    So they drafted a plan..."<

    continue -> Meet the Insurgency: Inside the Liberal Take-Over of U.S. National Security - Defense One


    Then there is Susan Rice.....BO's National Security Advisor. Which why laughable in itself.....has made us look like a joke on the World Stage.

    Now this one wants greater latitude while seeking assurances from BO peep.




    Flournoy is said to be interested in the top Pentagon job but seeking assurances from the White House that she would be given greater latitude in policymaking than Hagel. Flournoy is also considered a possible defense secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton if Clinton should win the presidency in 2016.

    Rep. Buck McKeon, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, suggested Obama consider his own role in his administration's foreign policy struggles rather than seeking another changeover at the Pentagon. "When the president goes through three secretaries, he should ask, 'Is it them or is it me?'" said McKeon, R-Calif.

    Hagel has had his own frustrations with the White House. In recent weeks, he sent a letter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice in which he said Obama needed to articulate a clearer view of the administration's approach to dealing with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The letter is said to have angered White House officials. "The White House picked him because they wanted somebody they could control and would be a policy nonentity and they got a policy nonentity," said Rosa Brooks, who served at the Pentagon during Obama's first term. "It seems unfair to make him a fall guy for White House policy failures.".....snip~

    AP Source: Hagel resigning as Defense secretary

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I guess everyone with military experience isn't available at this time. Who's more qualified for the job than someone with a BA in social studies?

    I can't imagine even Obama being that stupid to appoint this Beverly Hills High grad.

    Heya TB. I am still wondering how Bush Junior and his Team never got rid of her or sent her back out to pasture.

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    Re: Defense Secretary Hagel reported to step down as early as today

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    "When the president goes through three secretaries, he should ask, 'Is it them or is it me?'" said McKeon, R-Calif.
    >" When the president goes through three secretaries, he should ask, 'Is it them or is it me ? "<

    Who ever Obama's next nomination for Secretary of Defense will be, it will be an affirmative action nomination.

    I couldn't have said it better than myself.

    >" Look. Right now, the White House should be racing–racing–to fill open appointee slots at the Pentagon. Every single open post should have a name attached to it by now. Instead, the White House….is operating in slow motion. It takes a year to nominate somebody, then it accepts Congressional slow-rolling of the nominee, and then lets folks sorta…fester in nominee limbo. That’s not right for the nominee

    It’s also not good for the Democratic Party. And, frankly, the Nation.

    The Democratic Defense community is starved of voices, and the Democratic Party–for it’s own long-term health–needs a wider set of views than are available from the two somewhat warring (Frienemy-esque?) camps of Democratic Defense Expertise–the Camp Obama Pragmatists and the Hillary Clinton enthusiasts of the Samantha Power “Responsibility To Protect” school or the understated Michele Flournoy “My Mission is the QDR” uh, movement.

    The Democratic Party needs more adherents with solid Defense experience, and you sure as heck don’t build that body of experience by letting open political appointee slots go unfilled– because somebody at the White House–like Valerie Jarett–is pushing the President’s mandate to grow the ranks of female Defense appointees in an unhealthy, unsustainable fashion..."<

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