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Defense Chief Hagel Warns Against US Isolationism

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it would be a mistake for the United States to turn to isolationism to avoid involvement in the world's conflicts. After 13 years of U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hagel told a foreign affairs forum Tuesday in Chicago that Americans are increasingly skeptical of foreign military engagements. But it would be "a mistake to view our global responsibilities as a burden or as charity," Hagel said in his address at the event...

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