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“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Mr. Gates wrote about the vice president.

This is the winter of Mr. Obama’s discontent. With his popularity at a record low, the economy still in the doldrums, his policies increasingly unmasked as disastrous and his administration about to enter Year 6, staffers high and low will soon be bailing.

And talking, we hope.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.