The Washington Post reports:
According to an account that [Chuck] Hagel later gave, and is reported here for the first time, he told Obama: “We are at a time where there is a new world order.
“We don’t control it. You must question everything, every assumption, everything they” — the military and diplomats — “tell you. Any assumption 10 years old is out of date. You need to question our role. You need to question the military. You need to question what are we using the military for.”
The Post goes on to report Hagel’s private remark in 2011: “The president has not had commander-in-chief control of the Pentagon since Bush senior was president.” (Thanks to Business Insider.)