Pentagon: Gates Pledges to Stay at Least One More Year as SecDef
While the nation is distracted by wondering about the status of Colt McCoy’s shoulder, the Pentagon emailed out the following statement from spokesman Geoff Morrell:
“Secretary Gates met with the President just before Christmas and gave him a commitment to stay on the job for AT LEAST another year. They agreed to revisit this issue again later this year, but for all intents and purposes their original agreement still stands: he serves at the pleasure of the President indefinitely and he is honored to do so, though he certainly looks forward to one day retiring to his family home in the Pacific Northwest.”
One presumes Gates, a former A&M president, would add: Hook ‘Em.*
*I asked two Texans with whom I am watching the BCS Championship if a Texas A&M president would indeed be pulling for Texas here. This is their call.
Update: I am getting slaughtered on Twitter, and by at least one former Defense official, for suggesting anyone from A&M would root for Texas in anything ever. All right, fine! I had two sources on this! Of unquestionable Texan credentials! One of whom looked like he was going to cry after the Arenas interception! Like Ahmed Chalabi, I declare myself a hero in error.*