Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The nomination of former Senator
Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary could generate an important
debate over national security. That will only happen if critics
skip sideshows such as ridiculous accusations that he is anti-Semitic or pro-terrorist and avoid cherry picking his votes.
The real debate is whether to return to the early foreign
policy of President George W. Bush -- a unilateral, aggressive
interventionism requiring a robust military machine -- or adopt
a more selective approach in which the U.S. is the dominant
force in the world but depends on alliances and sets priorities.