1/31/2013

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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