Military | Defense secretary nominee comes under heavy fire during Senate committee hearing
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 1/31/13, 06:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday led a group of senators in grilling President Barack Obama's pick to head the Defense Department during his second term.
Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, faced grueling questioning during a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in the Senate Armed Services Committee. The most confrontational queries came from his former Republican colleagues, who expressed concern about Hagel's views on Iran and Israel, and his opposition to the troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan.