Rich Galen
Before we get to the things that are wrong in the world - and the list is growing ever longer - if you missed the U.S. Open Golf Championship over the weekend you missed something very special.

A 22-year-old from Northern Ireland named Rory McIlroy led from wire-to-wire, won by an astounding eight shots and made a runaway fun to watch.

The course, Congressional Country Club just outside Washington, DC, played far easier than most U.S. Open courses but don't listen to people who say that's why McIlroy won by such a large margin.

The course was the same for the other 71 golfers who made the cut and were still playing on Saturday and Sunday.

The best part for me was, after he tapped in for a par on 18 he shook hands with his playing partner, and with the two caddies, then walked off the green, found his father and, as Rory wrapped he arms around him, the microphones caught what he said: "Dad. Happy Father's Day."

I love happy endings.

Thing about Rory McIlroy's name is: It seems like it's nearly a palindrome.

Now to the real world.

Retiring Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, was profiled in the New York Times over the weekend following his farewell tour of overseas U.S. bases and foreign capitals over the past two weeks.

In the article by Thom Shanker and Elizabeth Bumiller, Gates is quoted as saying that he has become "more cautious on wars of choice."

"If we were about to be attacked or had been attacked or something happened that threatened a vital U.S. national interest, I would be the first in line to say, 'Let's go.' I will always be an advocate in terms of wars of necessity."

Secretary Gates has expressed reservations about our involvement in Libya. As early as this past March as the debate over what America's role should be was gaining momentum:

"Let's just call a spade a spade," Mr. Gates said. "A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses. That's the way you do a no-fly zone. And then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down. But that's the way it starts."

Our commitment to a Libyan adventure, remember, was supposed to last, as President Obama promised Members of Congress on March 18, 2011, "days, not weeks."

That, obviously, hasn't worked out and it would be interesting to know whether the intelligence was faulty about how long Gaddhafi would hang on, or whether the President was swayed by his pals in France who wanted to keep the oil flowing from Libya to Europe.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.