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Bob Woodward: Why Obama picked Hagel for defense secretary - The Washington Post

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According to an account that Hagel later gave, and is reported here for the first time, he told Obama: “We are at a time where there is a new world order. We don’t control it. You must question everything, every assumption, everything they” — the military and diplomats — “tell you. Any assumption 10 years old is out of date. You need to question our role. You need to question the military. You need to question what are we using the military for.“Afghanistan will be defining for your presidency in the first term,” Hagel also said, according to his own account, “perhaps even for a second term.” The key was not to get “bogged down.”

I still don't get why Hagel. Was there really no better qualified candidate?

what do you think is wrong with Hagel?

He's a blunt instrument for an era that needs nuanced policy.

How so?  It seems like the advice he offered Obama was for nuanced policy.