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McCain On Hagel Ouster: ‘Pretty Obvious’ All Pentagon Decisions Made By ‘Small Group’ At White House [VIDEO]

Al Weaver Reporter

Appearing on the “Colbert Report” Monday night, Sen. John McCain discussed the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, telling host Stephen Colbert the former Nebraska senator “wasn’t the right guy for the job.”

McCain also took a swipe at the Obama administration, implying that the defense secretary doesn’t have much say in matters regarding foreign affairs, saying it’s “pretty obvious” that all relevant decisions are made within an inner-circle at the White House.

“Let’s talk about you and the angry old man, Chuck Hagel, who just got tossed out the door by Obama. You voted against Hagel’s confirmation. … Are you glad he’s out?” asked an in-character Stephen Colbert.

“I think that Chuck — and by the way he is a friend and a distinguished American. He fought as an enlisted man in the Vietnam War and I honor that,” said the Arizona Republican. “But he wasn’t the right guy for the job. It’s pretty obvious that all of the decisions are being made within a small group in the White House.”

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