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Chuck Hagel leaves Obama's war against war

Chuck Hagel leaves Obama's war against war

 The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he turned out to be the wrong man for the job.

His close personal relationship with President Obama, and their shared belief that the United States should reverse George W. Bush's adventurism in Middle East by ending his war of choice in Iraq, seemed at first a good fit. But starting with Mr. Hagel's stumbling Senate confirmation hearings, he seemed passive and uncertain, drawing early...