What a refreshing change Bob Gates will be as secretary of defense in the USA. He speaks bluntly, tells the truth and is not George Bush's "yes" man.
Today he has already debunked Bush's obsession with claiming that Iraq is central to the war on terror, whilst unusually for a politician he gave a straight answer to a straight question by making it clear that the war in Iraq is being lost.
Who knows, this man might even have a solution, at least at the moment he is ruling nothing out. I'm not expecting miracles, but we can hope.