In our opinion: Don't make Hagel a scapegoat; don't have a powerless defense secretary

November 25, 2014 6:49 AM

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The conduct of foreign policy has been a source of contention within the Obama administration, perhaps as a natural outgrowth of a presidency that came to power on an anti-war platform at a time when threats to the nation were apparent and growing.

Both of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, wrote books on the subject. Neither cast the president in a positive light. The suggestion has been that Obama micromanages the Defense Department and, despite recent escalating problems, will not push for greater d...

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