Black People : Neocon to stay in power over military this year

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    owner of various real estate concerns
    The man in charge of the CIA,
    while under his watch, Oliver North brought so much cocaine into the country, they had to sell freebase as something new called CRACK,
    and as in the Godfather, concentrate it in OUR neghborhoods, which took the neighbor out and they became just HOODS.

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    Robert Gates To Remain Defense Secretary For Another Year
    digg Huffpost - ANNE GEARAN | 01/ 8/10 08:13 AM |

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the most prominent Republican in President Barack Obama's inner circle, plans to remain in his Cabinet post for at least another year.

    Gates told Obama in December that he would stay on at least through the end of 2010, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Thursday. The White House had no immediate comment.

    Gates held the top defense job for two years under President George W. Bush. Obama had asked Gates to stay on shortly after Obama won the 2008 presidential election. The move was meant to maintain stability in a time of two wars and made good on an Obama promise to include Republicans among his close advisers.

    Gates' tenure in the Obama administration was never spelled out but was assumed to be for at least one year. Nearly a year into the Obama administration, Gates appears to be a key adviser and has showed no sign that he intended to be a short-timer.

    "They agreed to revisit this issue again later this year," but the commitment is open-ended, Morrell said.

    Gates, 66, "certainly looks forward to one day retiring to his family home in the Pacific Northwest," Morrell added.

    Several names had been mentioned as potential successors to Gates, including Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Keeping Gates on for at least a year means he will be in place to manage the expansion of the Afghanistan war through the summer and to look toward the first U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan planned for the summer of 2011. He also would oversee the halving of U.S. forces in Iraq to about 50,000.

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    A former CIA chief with long experience in government, Gates was chosen for the defense job as a soothing presence after the turbulent years of Donald H. Rumsfeld. Gates managed the 2007 "surge" credited with turning around the Iraq war.

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