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View Diary: Chuck Hagel is a NO, Woman to head DOD Busts Glass Ceiling (89 comments)

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  •  Hard on staff too? (0+ / 0-)

    Hagel is wrong for the post of SECDEF for many reasons, including his treatment of staff when in the Senate.

    A hostile work place, or charges of one, is the absolute last thing that DoD needs now, or for that matter a self inflicted wound that President Obama needs.  Piss off a few Senior Officer and Enlisted types in the Pentagon and the system will eat Hagel in one gulp.

    Michele Flournoy would be a far better choice for many reasons, including the fact that she has worked in the Pentagon and knows how to make the DoD machinery work.

    Google searches turn up one news report lays it out, Washington Beacon (sure a biased source).

    "Hagel was known for turning over staff every few weeks—within a year’s time he could have an entirely new office because nobody wanted to work for him,” said the source. “You have to wonder how a man who couldn’t run a Senate office is going to be able to run an entire bureaucracy.”

    Others familiar with Hagel’s 12 year tenure in the Senate said he routinely intimidated staff and experienced frequent turnover."

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