Hagel Spars With GOP Senators Over Iran, Israel, Nukes

Law360, New York (January 31, 2013, 8:59 PM EST) -- At a contentious confirmation hearing Thursday, defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel was battered by questions about his past statements on Iran sanctions, Israel and nuclear disarmament, while also discussing the military's need to preserve funds to reinvest in modern defense priorities such as cybersecurity.

Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska, frequently took heat from his former colleagues, including the new ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, James Inhofe, R-Okla.; the previous ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz.; and foreign policy leader...
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