Ralph Peters, a critic of the Rumsfeld fiasco period, is high on Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his selection of soldiers’ soldiers to run the war. The article, Gates’s Grand Slam.

General Robert Patraeus will take over US Central Command.

Lt General Ray Odierno will take over as head of the forces in Iraq.

Lt. General Peter Chiarelli will take Odierno’s place in the Pentagon.

It seems that we have often fumbled early in our conflicts, but changed and adapted to the reality and achieved victory. England did not quit after Dunkirk. While critics and cynical commentators lament the lack of a plan, the reality is that adaptability is far more important. It is America’s secret weapon.