Republican Hagel faces GOP critics at hearing

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Defense Secretary-nominee, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Hagel says his months fighting in Vietnam alongside his brother Tom shaped his view of what it’s like to be a soldier in war, an experience that will inform his work if the Senate confirms him to be defense secretary. While Hagel, who was twice wounded, suggests caution when using military force, he also adopts a hard line toward Iran. His nomination hearings begin Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais. File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, is facing GOP critics who have challenged his past comments on Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons.

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