Last week, United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation, which will become effective as soon as a replacement is found.
As previously reported, Hagel was asked to step down by officials within the Obama administration “after he made comments in August that contradicted the President’s messaging” on the current conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The Huffington Post reported that the “job conditions” for President Obama’s next defense secretary “have already spurred some top contenders to bow out, leaving the White House with a slim list of candidates.”
On Monday, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul released an edition of his Texas Straight Talk, in which he discussed the current situation of the search for Obama’s fourth Secretary of Defense.
Paul said that although Hagel was forced out of office after complaining that the Obama administration had “no coherent policy toward Syria,” he had a point, due to the fact that while the administration is “claiming recent U.S. bombing in Syria is designed to degrade and destroy ISIS,” many members “continue pushing for ‘regime change’ against Syrian president Assad – who is also fighting ISIS.”
Paul pointed out that due to complaints from former Defense Secretaries about the president’s National Security Council staff micro-managing the Pentagon, it appeared no one wanted to take on the job.
“It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration,” said Paul. “The president’s first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration.”
Paul explained that Gates had recently revealed that during his time as Defense Secretary, the White House “established a line of communication to the Joint Special Operations Command to discuss matters of strategy and tactics, cutting the Defense Secretary out of the loop.”
One of the first reports on Obama’s preference for a fourth Defense Secretary was Michelle Flournoy. Paul pointed out that although this would have been significant, because she would have become the “first female Defense Secretary,” she also would have “come to the position from a think tank almost entirely funded by the military industrial complex.”
However, Paul said that Flournoy “turned down Obama before she was even asked,” due to the fact that she is said to be “waiting for a Hillary Clinton presidency, where her militarism may be even more appreciated.
“With the next Senate to be led by neocons like John McCain, a Hillary Clinton presidency would find little resistance to a more militaristic foreign policy,” Paul said.
Paul noted that although there is a lot of bickering in the Obama administration about “who should be running the latest U.S. wars in the Middle East and elsewhere,” there is no fighting about the current “U.S. policy of global intervention.”
“All sides agree that the US needs to expand its war in the Middle East, that the US must continue to provoke Russia via Ukraine, and that regime change operations must continue worldwide,” said Paul. “But the real national security crisis will come when their militarism finally cripples our economy and places us at the mercy of the rest of the world.”