Chuck Hagel waxes profound, per this Wall Street Journal report:
Questions from current and retired Malaysian military officers focused mainly on China as well as Washington’s relations with Beijing. One officer asked if confrontation between China and the U.S. is inevitable. Mr. Hagel said that while conflict was possible, he had confidence that the leaders of China and the U.S. would find ways to avoid it.
His answer also reflected his long-standing skepticism of the efficacy of military conflict. “The world has had enough war. One of the things we have learned over the years, regardless of the region of the world, is that wars can’t resolve differences, not in the world that we live in today, especially [one] that is so interconnected,” Mr. Hagel said.