Improvising on the edge of catastrophe

New York Times columnist David Brooks gives Defense Secretary Robert Gates excellent marks. A well written piece:

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.

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 the Colonial Williamsburg here, Gates delivered a speech that could define the center ground of American foreign policy.

Read the rest of the column.

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