If Not Hagel, Who?

Observers pitch Flournoy, Carter as alternatives if Hagel nomination fizzles.

Michele Flournoy, left, and Ashton Carter are likely on the shortlist if Chuck Hagel's nomination implodes.

Michele Flournoy, left, and Ashton Carter are old hands at the Defense Department, unlike Chuck Hagel.

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"This is no way to run a great power that is trying to moderate the rise of China and compel Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program and bring al Qaeda to the negotiating table in Afghanistan and Pakistan," says Nagl on the hold up of the nomination. "We are sending all the wrong messages to our enemies and our allies."

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