Gates to Retire in 2011 (Updated)

Fred Kaplan interviews Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for Foreign Policy and snares an exclusive. Head on to FP and find out what the SECDEF "hopes to leave behind".

More:

Defense Secretary Gates Would Like to Leave Next Year - Washington Post

Why Would Defense Secretary Gates Want to Retire? - Christian Science Monitor

Gates Hints at Retiring from U.S. Defence - Financial Times

Gates Plans to Retire Next Year - Associated Press

Gates Gone? Not So Fast... (Updated) - Wired

Gates Going - National Review

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I'm only wishing he would stay because his replacement will inevitably be even worse.

Gates for President? Yes it would be too good to be true Schmedlap, SecDef Gates owns a home in Skagit County, Washington State (north of Seattle) which I'm informed he plans on retiring to.

....but of course I'd dutifully support whomever it was. Didn't want people to think that I'd publicly disagree with a government official. ;o) I don't think I'm smart enough to lecture at Yale too.

My only concern are the COINdinistas waiting in the wings to take that slot when its offered.

Can we recall him in the same way that we recall IRR Soldiers? That would be pretty sweet.

I'd like to believe that he's retiring to run for President. But that's too good to be true.