Senate: Not So Fast, Hagel

    Former US Senator Chuck Hagel, US President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2013. Hagel, told senators Thursday he would not hesitate to use "the full force of the United States military" to defend America's security. Seeking to counter accusations from some lawmakers that he is ready to appease US adversaries, Hagel said at his confirmation hearing that he wanted to keep America's armed forces the strongest in the world and was prepared to back military action when necessary.AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Chuck Hagel must be pretty jealous of John Kerry right now. The Senate challenged Hagel, nominated to be the next secretary of Defense, highlighting his vote against the Iraq war surge and his support of Israel. Arizona Republican John McCain—once a close friend of Hagel’s—attacked Hagel over his 2006 vote against the Iraq surge, which Hagel insisted “history will judge” the war, despite McCain’s insistence that it won the war.  “I’m not certain, doesn’t mean I’m right,” Hagel said, noting that 1,200 Americans died in the surge, something he does not take lightly. Hagel tried to walk back his comments about the “Jewish lobby” “influencing” Washington, insisting he should have said “pro-Israel” and “influence.”

    Ask him to clarify position on Israel and more.
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