英语新闻:美国防部长哈格尔辞职

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2014-11-25 09:57

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary
美国防部长哈格尔辞职

美国总统奥巴马11月24日在白宫宣布,他接受国防部长哈格尔于当日上午提交的辞呈。在新的美国国防部长人选获国会参院批准前,哈格尔将留任现职。

哈格尔是奥巴马国家安全团队中唯一的共和党人,2013年2月被任命为国防部长。

哈格尔辞职显示,奥巴马的国家安全团队在应对极端组织“伊斯兰国“等多个对外政策挑战时,内外交困。

(Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan.

It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a new approach from the White house.

Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding down wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a process now being upended with U.S. re-engagement in Iraq and greater military cooperation with Kabul.

He had privately expressed frustration to colleagues at the administration’s strategy toward Iraq and Syria and at his lack of influence over the decision-making process, a source familiar with the situation said.

Officials said publicly the decision for him to leave was mutual but privately others said he was forced out. "There’s no question he was fired," said one source with knowledge of the matter.

Hagel raised questions about Obama's strategy toward Syria in an internal policy memo that leaked this fall saying the president's policy was in jeopardy due to its failure to clarify its intentions toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Obama has insisted the United States can go after Islamic State militants without addressing Assad, who the United States would like to leave power.(Reuters)