David Brooks has a pretty interesting opinion article on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Robert Gates has been a godsend. After a bombastic defense secretary, we now have a candid one. After ego, we have self-effacement. After domination, we have a man who welcomes discussion.Robert Gates is certainly the kinda guy we need right now. He is bringing sense into this administration.
Gates was decisive during the Walter Reed hospital fiasco. He is honest and trustworthy on Iraq. And on Monday, at the World Forum on the Future of Democracy at Colonial Williamsburg here, Gates delivered a speech that could define the center ground of American foreign policy.
He ran through the history of the never-ending debate between realists and idealists. He noted that this debate began just after the founding of the Republic. Thomas Jefferson saw the French Revolution as a triumph for liberty. John Adams saw it as reckless radicalism.
Sure beats that other guy, what was his name again? Rummy?
Where I found this story/photo:
RealClearPolitics/U.S. Department of Defense