David Rothkoff on Chuck Hagel's 'resignatiom as Secretary of Defense:
But Hagel is not the problem. Sure he has been distant, spending much time on the road. But largely that was due to the fact that this administration has alienated its own Cabinet members more than any other in memory. To illustrate this, one need only recall Mark Landler's line in the New York Times about John Kerry being so disconnected from the White House that he resembled the George Clooney character from the movie Gravity, untethered and adrift. (...) No, Hagel's alienation, the tension between he and the White House, and the military leadership's burgeoning frustration with the false starts, half measures, and micro-management that have marked the administration's Iraq and Syria campaigns, are signs of much deeper problems that lie within the way the president himself operates and, from a process perspective, from the way that his National Security Council operates.
Putain, two more years!