Low-key Hagel in a high-key world
If Chuck Hagel's time as secretary of defence is being described as low key - the events he has overseen as head of the US military have been anything but.
When I interviewed him in Romania earlier this year, the threat of Russia destabilising Europe felt real and pressing.
We met on board a US warship which had been dispatched to the Black Sea as a direct sign of US interest in the region.
Few people then thought the summer would bring another urgent crisis in the form of Islamic State. I don't think our interview even touched on Iraq.
But in the past few months, Mr Hagel has been in charge of coordinating America's military re-entry into the region.
It is true that Mr Hagel's tenure - which began with disastrous confirmation hearings - has not been seen as stellar.
But no US defence secretary can ever be described as low key or inconsequential - particularly in a world with as many dangerous problems as ours.