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Chuck Hagel survives

Chuck Hagel survives

After all the thunder and lightning signifying nothing but more Republican obstructionism, former Sen. Chuck Hagel has taken over at the Pentagon, vowing a realistic approach to America's military role in the world. Not surprisingly, he indicated he will pursue President Barack Obama's course of selective engagement, in contrast to the interventionism of the previous Republican administration, although he didn't specifically mention its war of choice in Iraq and other misadventurism. "We can't dictate in the world," Mr. Hagel told Department of Defense employees, "but we must engage with the world." And, he added, "the resources that we employ...

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