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Gates: 'Before I go...'


Last week President Obama named Leon Panetta, currently the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, to become the next secretary of defense, and Gen. David Petraeus to head the C.I.A.

The appointments followed the announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates that he would finally retire this summer. But reversing the usual pattern, Gates offered a going-away present to his boss.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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