"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Double Shot

BREAKING NEWS:  AP is reporting that Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down as Defense Secretary.  And, In Montana, Jon Tester has just claimed victory, saying there's no way Conrad Burns could get enough votes to overcome the spread between them.


UPDATE:  The Rumsfeld replacement -


Robert Gates as Defense Secretary



I suspect that a lot of people on the left will immediately attack Robert Gates for his history in the CIA and his dishonesty during the Iran-Contra controversy. That's understandable. But I have a couple things to say about his appointment. First, you didn't expect Bush to nominate someone that we agree with politically, did you? We could have done a lot worse than Robert Gates. Second, Robert Gates is a complicated man with [...]



UPDATE 2: More background on Gates -


Gates called for direct talks with Iran.



President Bush has nominated former CIA Director Robert Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld. WSJ reports, “In the summer of 2004, Gates and former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski co-chaired a task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations that argued for opening a dialogue with Iran. The task force’s report [”Iran: Time for a [...]



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