Obama nominates Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

US President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joseph Biden (R) clap for Ashton Carter after nominating him for Secretary of Defense in the Roosevelt Room of the White House December 5, 2014 in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama on Friday named Ashton Carter, a highly regarded technocrat, to lead the Pentagon as the US military embarks on the latest phase in its 13-year war against Islamic extremists. “All of which means on day one, he will hit the ground running,” Obama said, making the announcement from the White House. Carter, who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate, was named to replace Chuck Hagel, who resigned under pressure last week, criticized by some as too passive in the face of a rapidly changing security situation.

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