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Chuck Hagel's farcical hearings

• Washington Examiner
Last week's confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel made clear it's past time to retire that hackneyed phrase "World's Greatest Deliberative Body." Eight hours of questioning by the Senate Armed Services Committee allowed plenty of bloviating, grandstanding and browbeating -- but, apparently, not enough time for serious deliberation over key policy questions facing any new Pentagon chief.