Chuck Hagel hasĀ  been shown the exit from the regime, from Doug Mataconis, Outside the Beltwey:

What is perhaps unusual about the way this story has broken, of course, is the fact that it is being made clear from the start that Hagel is basically being forced to resign ‘under pressure’ complete with quotes in the media from officials saying that a sitting Secretary of Defense “wasn’t up to the job.” While it’s likely to be framed as a resignation because that’s how these things are handled for someone at Hagel’s level unless there is some sort of scandal involved, which doesn’t appear to be the case here, it seems obvious then that Secretary Hagel is, for lack of a better way of putting it, being fired. Whether that’s because he indeed “wasn’t up to the job,” because of the personal clashes that have been hinted at in the past that I noted above, or because of some fundamental disagreement on policy is unclear, although one can assume that further details of what has happened behind the scenes. However, it’s framed, though, there’s really no other way to put it than to say that he is being fired, and in these early moments before the official announcement later today, it’s happening in a rather humiliating and public manner.

In an administration that employed Mrs. Clinton for four years and still employs Joe Biden, competency has never been a requirement.  Hagel has trouble knowing what day of the week it is.

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