As the rumors flew this morning of the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, one thing is clear in my mind and I'm curious if you feel this way as well.
Why is Chuck Hagel being canned after having been Defense chief for less than two years? Whether he ever 'fit in' to Washington politics or his competence aside, part of the answer is (I think) the White House is shifting from seeing events in Iraq and Syria through a different lense.
For the last fifty years, American foreign policy has swung between two polar-opposite views:
It would seem President Obama himself originally viewed the conflicts in the Middle East with Vietnam lenses but now he and his advisers view the Islamic State (ISIS) as more like Nazi Germany............which is spreading........and Hagel is still seeing them as Vietnam.