President Bush today announced he is replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, saying a "fresh perspective" is needed at the Pentagon to deal with the war in Iraq.I do wonder about the timing of this announcement. Although Bush says that it was a foregone conclusion before the election
He added later, "Win or lose, Bob Gates was going to become the nominee."I haven't believed what he had to say before and I really see no reason to start believing him now. I think that it is just as likely that they were waiting to see how the elections went. If the Republicans had held the Congress, I think Bush would have held onto Rumsfeld.
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