No Secretary of Defense with a conscience would allow this.
In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.
Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.
While they’re still in harm’s way, these soldiers now have to worry about how they’ll feed their families once they return.
The honorable thing to do would be to give them the requisite 60-90 days’ notice when they return.
But from here, it looks like the Pentagon is saving money by starting that clock while soldiers are still on the battlefield.
Imagine the blowback if Bush 43 had done this, which of course he never would have thought of doing.
Chuck Hagel must resign — Even if he somehow didn’t know about it. If he won’t do so voluntarily, President Obama must demand his resignation and get it — or fire him, now. If he doesn’t, the presumption has to be that Obama is fine with treating combat troops this way.