Well, it's now official: the United States of America has embarked on the empirical era of foreign relations. On Tuesday, in his first speech in the US since taking office, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Turkish-American Council in Washington that henceforth American foreign policy must be a blend of all approaches -- realist, idealist, pragmatist, whatever, "with different emphases in different places and at different times. What matters are results."
What?! Results matter? Facts on the ground take precedence over theories propounded by schools of foreign policy? We'll see what our nation's most energetic foreign policy institutes and foreign lobbies have to say about that! Meanwhile, let's celebrate.