Breaking news - Rumsfeld out as Defense Secretary
In a somewhat surprising development it is being announced that Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down as Secretary of Defense. A dedicated and hard working public servant, Rumsfeld is being made a scapegoat for the fact that war isn't easy and doesn't happen without casualties. In my opinion Rumsfeld was the best man to hold that office since its inception in 1947. He attempted to reform the entire military structure, but was resisted by many career officers resistant to change. Many in the military as well as civilians in the Pentagon regard service secretaries as temporary help who shouldn't make major changes. The current hostile political environment means immediate history will not be very kind to him. Maybe the passage of time will lead to a more fair assessment of his service. Regardless of how he is judged I believe he knows he did his best to protect our country in dangerous times.
Word is Rumsfeld's replacement will be Robert Gates current president of Texas A&M University and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I wish Mr. Gates well in this very difficult assignment.