View Full Version : Gates to Leave Pentagon at End of June, Officials Say

04-27-2011, 05:50 PM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to retire on June 30, a senior Pentagon official told Fox News -- a revelation that comes ahead of President Obama's announcement that CIA Director Leon Pannetta is replacing him as part of a broader shakeup in his national security team.

The White House hopes to have Panetta confirmed before Gates steps down, the official said.

Obama also plans to announce that Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will replace Panetta as CIA director, Lt. Gen. John Allen will replace Petraeus and that diplomat Ryan Crocker will be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

A senior defense official also told Fox News the president will "almost certainly" tap Gen. James Cartwright to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cartwright is currently vice chairman.

The changes would probably take effect this summer.


04-27-2011, 05:51 PM
Leon (censored) Panetta as SecDef?

We are sooooooooooooo screwed.

04-27-2011, 06:06 PM
Great, now we have a totally incompetent moron leaving one level of incompetence for another where he can have more negative effect on Americans.