The Washington Free Beacon delivers the lowlights of Chuck Hagel's Senate debacle yesterday.
For some additional context on John McCain's questioning, here is what Hagel said about the Iraq surge in January 2007.
MAYBE THE POLICY IS CONTAINMENT OF LAUGHTER:
The Times reports that not all went well and includes this:
Under gentle but persistent questioning from Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the panel, Mr. Hagel said that he had voted against some unilateral American sanctions against Iran in 2001 and 2002 because “I thought that there might be other ways to employ our vast ability to harness power and allies” and “we were at a different place with Iran at that time.”
Mr. Hagel faltered at one point, saying shortly before noon that he strongly supported the president’s policy of “containment” of Iran. He was quickly handed a note, which he read and then corrected himself, “Obviously, we don’t have a position on containment.”
At that point Mr. Levin interjected, “We do have a position on containment, which is we do not favor containment.” The Obama administration’s policy on Iran obtaining nuclear weapons remains prevention. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
Questions about Iran - you might have thought Hagel could see those coming.