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The New York Times reported Monday morning that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been asked to resign, and that President Barack Obama would announce his resignation in a Rose Garden ceremony Monday.
The paper reported that the White House believes Hagel is not the man to lead the U.S. fight against the Islamic State. However, many Republicans believe Obama’s decision not to allow a substantial U.S. ground force to fight the terrorist group is the major factor that is preventing the U.S. from making real progress. The move comes just as the administration is preparing to ask Congress for broader authority to fight the terrorist group. The air campaign in Iraq and Syria has been allowed under Obama’s emergency authority to take steps to protect U.S. national security, but most in Congress agree some new authority is needed for the longer term. More