Would Obama Keep Gates On As Secretary Of Defense?

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It’s just speculation right now, but his foreign policy advisors seem to think it’d be a good fit…

In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House. […]

Richard Danzig, an adviser to Obama on national security and a former navy secretary, said: “My personal position is Gates is a very good secretary of defence and would be an even better one in an Obama administration.” […]

Ivo Daalder of the Brookings Institution in Washington, a foreign policy adviser to Obama, said: “Robert Gates is one of the best defence secretaries we have had in a long time and it makes a lot of sense to keep him.”

The simple fact of the matter is Obama and Gates line up on a lot of issues with regards to foreign policy, but Iraq promises to be a big sticking point. No doubt Gates would take issue with Obama’s plan to start pulling out.

Still, not completely outside of the realm of possibilities…