Hard to focus on this amid the terrorism talk, CIA chatter and everything else, but John McCain, working in concert with Robert Gates and the Obama administration, has won a major, decades-old battle: the Senate voted overwhelmingly to overhaul the military's procurement processes. This was McCain's hobbyhorse as chairman of the Armed Services Committee when Republicans were in the majority, and his investigations, as much as anything else, led to a sea change in opinions. The House will approve this legislation soon, and President Obama will sign it shortly thereafter.
"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."