Chuck Hagel

Hagel: Obama Admin Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

Says admin pushed him to release risky Gitmo detainees

Chuck Hagel, the former secretary of defense who resigned under pressure from the Obama administration last November, said in a recent interview that the White House castigated him for refusing to approve the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees he deemed too dangerous.

House Member Seeks Probe of Bergdahl Ransom Payment

Defense sources: Failed payment likely came from $5 million fund controlled by Centcom commander

Bowe BergdahlA House Armed Services Committee member asked the Pentagon’s inspector general on Monday to conduct a formal investigation into reports that the Pentagon paid a large ransom in a failed bid to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from terrorist custody.

THE LAST STRAW: Chuck Hagel’s Disgraceful Exit Reveals Free Beacon’s Moral Decay

Entire staff must go

FERGUSON, Mo. — A couple of weeks ago I was on a date with a lovely woman of the goth persuasion. I was doing pretty well—naturally—and she invited me to her apartment in Brooklyn, where she put on some music to set the mood. And when I heard the first few chords of Green Day’s soft-core punk anthem “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," I began to weep uncontrollably. Not because the song elicits memories of my days purging Eastern Europe of Soviet meatheads. Not because I wanted to invite the sympathy of my companion, to feel the bristles of her Elvira wig against my cheek, her black-painted nails pressed into my shoulder. No. I wept for America.

Chuck Hagel: A Legacy

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel resigned was fired on Monday, vindicating critics who had long argued that Hagel was unfit for the job. "Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary secretary of defense," the man who fired him (President Obama) said in a statement. And this is certainly true. An ordinary secretary of defense, for example, probably could have defended his face from a kitchen cabinet. Hagel could not. Also, he couldn't get anyone to return his phone calls.

Who On Earth Would Want to Replace Hagel?

On the one hand, it makes sense why the White House needed to leak so emphatically this morning that Hagel’s departure was “under pressure” and not an amicable split. First, Hagel and his people were saying that he had initiated the split over his frustrations with the White House, and the president’s aides no doubt felt that such a narrative needed a strong response.