Defense Sec. Robert Gates Wants to Retire By 2011. What Might His Legacy Entail?

Defense Sec. Robert Gates, the nation’s twenty-second person to hold the post, says he does want to retire, but not until 2011. “I think that it would be a mistake to wait until January 2012,” he says about heading into the sunset as Barack Obama gears up for re-election. “This is not the kind of job you want to fill in the spring of an election year.” So long as he finds time to reach for a ballpoint pen and finds the time to certify a certain document before then.