Hagel moving forward, still taking fire

As the World-Herald reports this morning, things are looking up for Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary.

His critics aren’t giving up entirely, however.

One of the anti-Hagel groups, the Emergency Committee for Israel put together an ad that focuses on Hagel’s statements regarding Iran during his confirmation hearing last week.

President Barack Obama has said he favors preventing a nuclear-armed Iran not not simply pursuing a course of containment.

Hagel was asked about his past statements on containment and sought to assure the committee members that he shares the president’s position, but stumbled a bit.

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