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Gates writing checks for his successor to cash?

I admire Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but I worry that he is writing checks that his successor will be asked to cash. As I understand it, Gates will leave the Pentagon 13 months from now, after the Quadrennial Defense Review is finished. That's also just when push comes to shove on a troop drawdown in Iraq -- can the Obama plan be carried out without destablizing the center of the country? And it is also when we will see whether the new plan to end stop-loss on troops will end.    

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