President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Robert Gates to be his Defense secretary (see p. 24) delivers on his central campaign promise—of change —in two important ways: •First, although Gates won’t be the first Republican to serve a Democratic president as Pentagon chief, he is the first to be asked to stay on in the transition from one party’s administration to the other’s. •Second and more important, Gates will lead his department as Obama becomes the first newly elected ...

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