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Gates retiring? Don't bet on it.

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Pentagon reporters Craig Whitlock and Greg Jaffe in Checkpoint Washington:

For a man who came into his post reluctantly and as a purported short-timer, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is turning into more and more of a fixture at the Pentagon.
In an interview with that was published Monday, Gates indicated once again that his tenure would be coming to an end in the near term, saying he would step down in 2011. "I think that it would be a mistake to wait until January 2012," he said, noting that he didn't want to force President Obama to find a successor in the spring of a presidential election year.
But don't hold your breath that Gates will permanently move back to his home in Washington state anytime soon. His press secretary, Geoff Morrell, tried Monday to tamp down speculation that the Pentagon chief was close to calling it quits.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 16, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
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