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Robert Gates Sets Timetable For Withdrawal From Defense Sec'y Job
Bob Gates used to be a good Republican who didn't go in for this namby-pamby "Let's announce to our enemies the date when we will stop bombing them" bull-hockey, but two years as a member of Obama's Politburo have clearly turned his brain into Democrat mush. That's why he's announcing a phased, strategic withdrawal from his Pentagon office, to be completed by 2011, assuming local militia forces are sufficiently trained to take over by then.
Listen to the sound of cowardice:
Gates, the only Bush holdover in President Obama's Cabinet, made the announcement in an interview conducted at the Pentagon with Foreign Policy magazine on July 12 that was published Monday.
Gates has been expected to leave the administration before the 2012 election.
"I think that by next year I'll be in a position where, you know, we're going to know whether the strategy is working in Afghanistan. We'll have completed the surge," Gates, 66, told the magazine.
"We'll have done the assessment in December, and it seems like somewhere there in 2011 is a logical opportunity to hand off."
Who will take over the Defense Secretary job? There hasn't been a Democrat in the post since 1997 (remember, Bill Cohen was a Republican) because obviously liberals are mincing cowards physically incapable of giving orders to generals. Therefore, Obama will have to find a Republican for the gig. We hear Donald Rumsfeld is available!