Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on his way out of Washington. Â Well, as a government worker at this point (he has not specified any further career plans). Â In a recent interview with Barbara Starr of CNN, the outgoing defense chief gave an interview that put to rest any thoughts that he will be riding quietly into the sunset. Â Like other former Obama administration officials, by walking out the door, he can now say what he thinks and is doing so. Â Take a listen to what he has to say about how quickly “prisoners of war” were released from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
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Not everyone agrees on the pace of release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Â It certainly sounds like Chuck Hagel really did not want to release former Taliban and other Al Qaeda fighters back into the wild. Â At the very least, he may well have been stalling in order to pass it on to the next Secretary of Defense. Â Watching this, one gets the sense that there is a very thin line being held by the few sort of decent Democrats left in the Executive Branch who at least think twice before making moves like swapping five prisoners of war for one AWOL infantryman.
At any rate, to echo Ed Morrissey of HotAir, the Senate Armed Services Committee begins confirmation hearings on Hagel’s successor this week. Â Senator John McCain and company have just been handed a line of questioning for Ashton Carter. Â How fast would he empty Guantanamo?