White House seeks stronger hand at Pentagon

(Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Chuck Hagel didn’t make big mistakes as defense secretary nor had he lost the confidence of the uniformed military, but he often seemed lost or overly deferential to generals in top-level strategy meetings.

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Would the timing of the Ferguson decision have made a difference? Probably not.

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After Ferguson

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Tim Howard for defense secretary? Well, the job’s open . . .

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