This is something of a shocker. I thought they were gonna keep Rummy until the bitter end. But after the Democrats took the House and now — possibly — the Senate, Rummy and friends probably realized that he was going to be eaten alive before committees of all kinds. He’ll probably still have to testify, but cutting him loose was a smart move. The ready-made replacement, Robert Gates, is an old CIA hand who was investigated during the Iran/Contra scandal. Not exactly inspiring. We can expect more of the same from Gates.