Obama and the military just don't get along.
In the view of White House officials, Mr. Hagel has helped to thwart Mr. Obama’s pledge to close Guantánamo with his concerns about the security risks posed by the release of detainees. He recently pulled back from plans to repatriate four Afghans who had been approved for transfer, a decision that annoyed Ms. Rice, officials said.
White House officials pressured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to increase the pace of detainee transfers from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, the outgoing secretary acknowledged to CNN's Barbara Starr in an interview Friday.
You would think that Obama would have found a toady this time around willing to let anyone out of Gitmo, but he's having Defense Secretary troubles again.
The White House wants to quickly cut the number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. One man is standing in the way: President Obama’s Defense Secretary, Ash Carter.
Carter and the White House are increasingly at odds about how to whittle down the number of detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, hampering the administration’s push to close the detention center by the end of its term.
The White House believes that Carter is unwilling to be accountable for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees and their conduct post-release, even to the point of defying the president’s policy on the detention facility, a White House source told The Daily Beast.
There’s even speculation that if the President follows through on his threat to veto the defense budget bill to win changes on detainee policy, he will ask that the law be amended so that the president, not the defense secretary, has the final say on detainee transfers.
That would be hilarious as Obama would be asking Congress for power to bypass his own Secretary of Defense and free terrorists. You would hope that Congress wouldn't go for it.
Either way it looks like Obama will fire yet another Secretary of Defense.
For those keeping track, in his bungled wars Obama has burned through four secretaries of defense. If he blows through a fifth one, he'll have topped Nixon's record.
As far as the scorecard goes,
Gates and Panetta have both criticized Obama, Chuck Hagel was fired, Ash Carter looks like he'll be fired soon. Obama and the military just don't get along.