Gates’ departure will be noticed. Gates clearly discerns the insidious effects of the paradox of power. The paradox of power undermines and corrupts the cognitive processes of so many in DC land. Gates set out to do something about the paradox of power and the Pentagon blubber-bloat and layering. Gates like the late Col. John Boyd (father of the OODA Loop) focuses on doing something for the National security and not merely sitting next to the big window wanting to be somebody. Gates is by no means is perfect; he knows that and has not lost sight of his flaws. Yet, Gates has always tried to the right thing for the Nation and those who serve in the armed forces as others (to include generals and admirals) focus on doing the right thing for their careers. Gates in a politically correct DC dares to exhibit a “profile in courage”. Yes, Gates’ departure will be noticed.
Retired Colonel of Marines