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Neo-Cons Exploit Hagel Nomination to Refight Lost Wars

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.