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Robert Gates, the silent fox in the chicken coop [Commentary]
Robert Gates, the silent fox in the chicken coop [Commentary]

One of the best and most enduring aspects of presidential cabinets has been the willingness of many chief executives to appoint at least one member from the opposition party. The practice demonstrates bipartisanship and also gives the president access to views that may not always be offered by loyalist appointees. The custom of reaching across the party aisle has been brought into question by the new memoir of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, kept in the job by President Obama as a carryover from the George W. Bush presidency. Mr. Gates' attacks on President Obama's leadership and on other members of his team have cast him somewhat curiously as a silent fox in the...

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