Obama Was Right to Choose Hagel

A reduced American role in the world will impact Israel and everyone else, and probably not for the better. But President Obama has rightly sought a realist secretary of defense for a time of economic distress - and Chuck Hagel is a good man for that job.

The hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense were a sad spectacle. What we saw was nearly eight hours of score-settling, Obama-bashing, and political theater. What we didn’t see was a serious discussion of America’s changing role in the world.