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(CNN) - A good soldier never publicly contradicts the commander in chief, at least not intentionally, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a good soldier.
A Vietnam War veteran, Hagel provided a robust defense of President Barack Obama's approach to ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria when interviewed Wednesday by CNN National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto.
With Obama facing criticism over what even a fellow Democrat called too much caution, Hagel sought to make clear that the President wants to eliminate any ISIS threat to the United States and its interests - both abroad and at home.
(CNN) – President Obama Wednesday said the U.S. objective is to "degrade and destroy" the militant group ISIS. But less than 20 minutes later, he talked of making ISIS a "manageable problem."
Those appear to be two different scenarios.
Does the U.S. have as its objective the destruction of ISIS? Or the containment of ISIS?
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to explain.
(CNN) – Following ISIS' execution of a second American, the President's administration is talking tough when it comes to confronting the militant group.
But what about the commander-in-chief himself? Should the U.S. be "degrading and destroying" ISIS or just "managing and containing" the terror group?
(CNN) – DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, made a controversial statement following comments at a round-table discussion on women's issues at the Milwaukee Athletic Club Wednesday.
"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality… what Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch," Schultz said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
(CNN) – President Obama has not yet formulated and articulated a comprehensive strategy to take on ISIS, the jihadists running rampant in Iraq and Syria.
But he got another chance Wednesday in Estonia, when he responded to the video ISIS released showing the second beheading of an innocent American by these terrorists in as many weeks.