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Carter latest Pentagon chief to put Obama on defensive

Two of his defense secretaries wrote books critical of his administration after they left office, and his third was essentially fired. On Tuesday, the White House scrambled to clarify remarks by Obama's fourth defense secretary, Ash Carter, who said that Iraqi forces who collapsed in their defense of Ramadi lacked the "will to fight."

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'It cost me everything! I'm still paying'

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