My frustration over Defense Secretary Gates’ inability to come up with deeper budget cuts is tempered by four things:
1. The dude has absolutely no problem staring John McCain in the face and speaking to him as an equal. He is not intimidated by McCain in hearings or in policy and it is a good thing for the country.
2. He is standing by the commitment to begin lowering troop levels in Afghanistan.
3. He has at least turned the arrow on defense spending in a downward direction.
4. He is a genuine bipartisan leader and gives hope for a sane future for the Republican Party.