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Hagel: ‘Plans,’ ‘Options’ for Crimean Crisis

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel weighed in on the crisis in the Crimea on Sunday but dodged CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who pressed him to articulate how the U.S. will respond to the Russian invasion.

“What would we do if Russian forces started rolling into other parts of Ukraine?” Schieffer asked.

“Well, I won’t get into the different specific options,” Hagel said. “We have many options, like many nations do, we’re trying to deal with a diplomatic focus, that’s the appropriate, responsible approach and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

“But we do have a plan?” Schieffer asked.

“Well, we have plans for everything all the time,” Hagel responded.

Schieffer persisted. “When you come right down to it, what can we really do there?”

Hagel, again: “We’ve got different options but for right now, the responsible thing is to continue to work through the diplomatic channels, and that’s what we’re doing.”


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