In addition to Iran Contra, Robert M. Gates has other baggage. According to Congressional Quarterly, he pressured analysts to alter intelligence reports to fit administration positions.

“During his tenure at CIA, Mr. Gates developed a reputation for pressuring analysts and managers to shape analytical conclusions to fit administration positions, a fact that led dozens of current and former CIA analysts to oppose his confirmation as CIA Director in 1991,” said Holt, who will likely chair an intelligence subcommittee starting in January.

This approach to “intelligence” is part of what got us into the Iraq quagmire. Someone who applies this technique hardly seems qualified to help us get out.