The Corner

Gates’ Positions

At first glance, his history of promoting rapprochement with Iran regardless of the Islamic Republic’s terrorism doesn’t bode well, but as with many other people, once in power and confronted with reality, responsibility and evidence may overcome his inclinations.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.