President Bush said Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down and former CIA Director Robert Gates will take over at the Pentagon and in prosecuting the war in Iraq.I don't know much about this Gates guy. He's actually experienced in the intelligence field, which is good, but he's a friend of the Bush Family, which is bad. We'll see what people who know more about the guy have to say.
Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon. The development occurred one day after midterm elections that cost Republicans control of the House, and possibly the Senate, as well. Surveys of voters at polling places said opposition to the war was a significant contributor to the Democratic victory.
Gates is the president of Texas A&M University and a close friend of the Bush family. He served as CIA director for Bush's father from 1991 until 1993.
Gates first joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the intelligence community for more than a quarter century, under six presidents.
As a side note, I have to ask; what would have happened if Bush had made this decision in September? Would we be looking at a Democratic House and Senate? I don't think so...
Now all we're waiting on is Webb to pull it out in Virginia.
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