I was not convinced two years ago that Chuck Hagel was the strongest choice for defense secretary, but he is, to an extent, being scapegoated. Ultimately, most of the mistakes in the administration’s foreign policy–which, I would argue, still has considerable strengths–have been in and from the White House.
For example, the U.S. departure from Iraq in 2011 was something that neither of Secretary Hagel’s predecessors in the Obama administration–Robert Gates and Leon Panetta–had prevented, even though both had opportunities to influence that debate. And that, together with the breakdown in Iraqi politics...
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