Fred Kaplan offers a good glimpse of the man who succeeeded Donald Rumsfeld. My view is that Gates is a sensible realist who appreciates the limitations of U.S. military power. He has also thought carefully about the U.S. and its relationship with Iran. I find it notable that he pushed for the public release of the recent NIE on Iran and its nuclear program.
Robert Gates - Defense Secretary - International Relations - Politics - Iraq - Iran - New York Times