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Gates to Leave Pentagon by End of 2011

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Posted on August 16 2010 4:15 pm
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by FoxNews.com

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday he will retire by the end of 2011, Fox News confirmed.

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.”

White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday that it wasn’t a surprise that Gates is “talking about his next phase in life.”

“Gates has served our country with great distinction for years,” he said.”He did the president and the nation a great favor by agreeing to stay on longer than he had originally intended, when the president started his administration.”

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