Hagel answers questions from critics at confirmation hearing

The confirmation hearing for former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become defense secretary began this morning, with Hagel using his opening statement to emphasize that the U.S. needs to remain a world military power. Hagel faced questions from several senators who have criticized his record in recent weeks, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who asked Hagel if he stood by his position that the U.S. troop surge in Iraq in 2007 was a mistake.

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