by Scott Creighton
Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel has been fired by President Obama. He was on record calling Bush’s surge in Afghanistan and Iraq “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.”
Recently, Barack Obama has renewed the “surge” in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the latter being of the stealth variety. No “ISIS” in that country to blame.
Is it any wonder that President Peace Prize had to fire his anti-war Sec. of Defense while turning himself into a cheap copy of raging chicken-hawk John McCain?
Curiously it seems Sec. Hagel was a bit of a conspiracy theorist. According to Bob Woodward (take it for whatever it’s worth) Chuck visited the new president back in 2009 and had some words of advice for him:
“We are at a time where there is a new world order. We don’t control it. You must question everything, every assumption, everything they” — the military and diplomats — “tell you. Any assumption 10 years old is out of date. You need to question our role. You need to question the military. You need to question what are we using the military for. Afghanistan will be defining for your presidency in the first term,” Hagel also said, according to his own account, “perhaps even for a second term.” The key was not to get “bogged down.” Chuck Hagel in 2009 reported by Bob Woodward Jan. 2013
So it would appear Chucky understands what we “tinfoil hats” understand: that these empty suits like Obama and Bush before him, don’t really control anything, they’re just pitchmen for policies made way above their pay-grade.
I have a kind of a hard time believing Hagel felt the need to go to Obama and tell him to question what we use the military for. It would seem to me that by time he spent a few months in the senate, he would know all about that. In fact, with his mother’s connections to USAID and the murderous Suharto regime in Indonesia, my guess is it’s pretty obvious Obama already knew what the military was used for and that Chuck would have understood that as well as anyone.
But, there it is. Chuck Hagel warning Obama about the new world order.
I guess that’s a more palatable story than Obama firing an anti-war Sec. of Defense as he surges in Iraq and Afghanistan.