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Gates deserves high honor

Good for President Obama for honoring — and surprising — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on his last day on the job with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a president can give a civilian. Gates deserved it for his four decades of service to this country. As is his way, Gates turned the focus from himself to the troops: "I'll just say here that I will think of these young warriors — the ones that fought, the ones that keep on fighting, the ones that never make it back — until the end of my days."