The domino effect of the Gates retirement

By Laurie Bennett

June 30, 2011 at 9:21am

President Obama says farewell today to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

Gates, named to the post in 2006 by former President George W. Bush, is retiring after having been persuaded by Obama to remain in the post in the new administration.

Robert M. Gates
Robert M. Gates

He sent a message to every military installation yesterday, saying it had been “the greatest honor of my life to serve and to lead you for the past four-and-a-half years.”

Leon E. Panetta will succeed Gates at Defense.

The Senate is expected to vote today on Obama’s nomination of Gen. David H. Petraeus as new CIA director.

Petraeus is commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and former commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. At his Senate confirmation hearing last week, he said he would retire from the Army to move into the CIA post.

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