“Whether it was the right decision or not, history will determine that,” Hagel told Foreign Policy in a two-hour interview, his first extensive public comments since he was forced out of his position in February.
“There’s no question in my mind that it hurt the credibility of the president’s word when this occurred.”In the days and months afterward, Hagel’s counterparts around the world told him their confidence in Washington had been shaken over Obama’s sudden about-face. And the former defense secretary said he still hears complaints to this day from foreign leaders.
Hagel was dumb to accept the nomination in the first place. Of course Obama and his cabal in the NSC, particularly Susan Rice, would attempt to keep all decision making authority in the White House. And of course, the decisions would be based on what produced good optics for Obama, not what was in the best interests of the nation.
Seriously, everything this administration does is based on how it looks, not on anticipated outcomes.