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What They’re Saying…

  More Bipartisan Support For Bob Gates’ Nomination

 National Security Advisor To President Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski:  “I think the Gates appointment is the best appointment that President Bush has made in the course of his six years in office.”  (Jim Landers, “Gates Well-Armed For Tough Job,” The Dallas Morning News, 11/9/06)

 Ø      Brzezinski:  ”He is a remarkably intelligent, responsible and balanced individual whose judgment can be trusted and whose common sense is reassuring.”  (Jim Landers, “Gates Well-Armed For Tough Job,” The Dallas Morning News, 11/9/06)

 Clinton Administration Assistant Defense Secretary Ted Warner: “I think Robert Gates will be received very well in the Pentagon. … Bob Gates has had experience with the military through the National Security Council staff where he served in various capacities, including as the deputy to General Scowcroft in the first President Bush’s term, so while he’s never been in the Pentagon itself, he certainly has experience with these issues.”  (MSNBC’s “MSNBC Live,” 11/9/06) 

Former Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin: “He’s very well known to Democrats, and I think he’s seen across the aisle as a non-ideological person who would bring a realist perspective to this job. I think they will welcome Bob, because he’s generally well known in the military. They’ll welcome his style.”  (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” 11/8/06)

 Bobby R. Inman, Former CIA Deputy Director And National Security Agency Director:  Gates is a “good listener” who, “after he makes up his mind, is very decisive.”  (Scott Shane, “Robert Gates, A Cautious Player From A Past Bush Team,” The New York Times, 11/9/06)

 Brookings Institution Defense Analyst Michael O’Hanlon:  Gates has proven he is “open minded and he can work with Democrats.”  (Janine Zacharia, “Bush’s Choice Of Gates Sets Stage For Shift On Iraq War Policy,” Bloomberg, 11/9/06)

 Ø      O’Hanlon: “If I was going to make a list of my top five favorite Republicans with the sheer intellectual firepower to come up with new ideas, Gates would be on that list.”  (Janine Zacharia, “Bush’s Choice Of Gates Sets Stage For Shift On Iraq War Policy,” Bloomberg, 11/9/06)  

9/11 Commission Member And Former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-IN):  “I think that’s a solid, pragmatist, realist in Bob Gates, if he is confirmed by the Senate.”  (FOX News’ “FOX News Live,” 11/9/06)

Rand Beers, National Security Advisor To The Kerry-Edwards 2004 Campaign:  Gates “skillfully shepherded … issues through the bureaucracy when there wasn’t always uniformity of view.”  (NPR’s “Morning Edition,” 11/9/06)…