He also appeared to line up with Obama's views when, in the CNN interview, he talked about how we should approach dealing with rogue nations. "Great powers engage. Great powers are not afraid. Great powers trade," Hagel said. "If we're going to see any improvement in the Middle East, in Central Asia, the two wars that we're bogged down in right now, we're going to have to engage Iran."
Such a pairing, of course, would be historic, but it wouldn't be the first time it's been considered. Only four years ago, there was much speculation that John Kerry would choose John McCain as his running mate. For an Obama campaign that has already established itself as historic, such a bold move might prove that he really does represent change in a deeply significant way.