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Why did Obama push Chuck Hagel out?

Replacing the Defense Secretary might be more difficult than the White House anticipates

By Jacob Parakilas  
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned

The announcement earlier this week that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would be leaving his post was something of a surprise, because it represents a gamble on the part of a normally cautious White House. President Obama’s team is betting that replacing its third Defense Secretary at a time of multiple foreign crises and domestic political discord will allow it to refocus and reclaim its security policy as it enters its final stretch.

Hagel’s career as…

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