From The Hill:
Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says White House aides tried to personally “destroy” him.
In an interview with Foreign Policy, Hagel opened up about his tenure in the administration, discussing the uncertainty over Syria strategy and accusing the White House of micromanaging the Pentagon, echoing similar criticisms from predecessors Robert Gates and Leon Panetta.
Tension between Hagel and other officials in President Obama’s inner circle surfaced publicly last year, as the then-Defense chief and the White House disagreed over a number of policy initiatives.
Hagel and White House national security adviser Susan Rice “frequently butted heads” over Syria policy and the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, according to the Foreign Policy report.
Hagel, who did not mention Rice by name, told the magazine that even after he agreed to leave the administration, some White House officials continued to anonymously knock him in the press.
White House aides criticized him in a November…