"Intelligence sources question Gates' independence from Cheney, RumsfeldNice work, Larisa.
Baker's man or Cheney's man?
But the Baker vs. Cheney argument does not stand up to scrutiny. Simply put, when Gates served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, he had far more in common with Cheney than he did with other members of that administration, including those currently involved in attempts to intervene in Iraq policy.
One current intelligence contract employee, a former intelligence official who worked with Gates, indicated to RAW STORY that he believes there is much more commonality than discord between Cheney and Gates. The many connections and parallels between the two men over the years suggest that, contrary to current folklore, Cheney may in fact have been involved in the choosing of Gates, in an effort to rein in Pentagon near-mutiny.
"Bush has a track record of changing policies on a dime..."huh?
* for those of you who enjoy the religious/religion discussion, LeeB and Steven have more in the comments here. I don't have much to add - but it's an interesting conversation.