“Hagel Submits Resignation as Defense Chief Under Pressure” (TIMES, 11/24/14)

Firing Hagel, a “soft” Secretary of Defense, is the logical conclusion of a very slow removal of our troops from Afghanistan. They could have all been out soon after Obama was re-elected in 2012.

But, as the old adage has it, “those who hesitate are lost.” No wonder so many people are claiming that Obama is a lame duck (though he is president for 25 more months), plenty of time to exercise his executive clout.

If Obama uses the veto to stop the machinations of a reactionary GOP, the Republicans don’t have the votes to override it.

So, he can stop trembling before the Blue Dogs and worrying about electing Hilary Clinton as the next president. Obama’s first priority is to continue fighting for his objectives.

A. Garavente


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