After his Bitter Confirmation Fight, the Real Nightmare Begins for Hagel

Mike O'Brien

His nomination battle was hardly plain sailing, but now Chuck Hagel has been sworn in as the new Defense Secretary the real headaches begin for the decorated Vietnam War veteran. Mr. Hagel took the oath of office in a small, closed-door ceremony on Wednesday and addressed Pentagon employees a couple of hours later. As the former Nebraska senator settles into his new office, he is taking the helm of a ship being lashed by choppy waters. His department faces the prospect of cutting $46 bil...
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