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2A - Thursday, November 9, 2006
Rumsfeld resigns after Dems'victory

Bush taps former CIA
director Robert Gates, to
run Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -After years
of defending his secretary of defense,
President Bush announced Donald
Rumsfeld's resignation yesterday
within hours of the Democrats' tri-
umph in congressional elections.
Bush reached back to his father's
administration to tap a former CIA
director to run the Pentagon.
The Iraq war was the central issue
of Rumsfeld's nearly six-year tenure,
and unhappiness with the war was
a major element of voter dissatisfac-
tion Tuesday and the main impetus
for his departure. Even some GOP
lawmakers became critical of the
war's management, and growing
numbers of politicians were urging
Bush to replace Rumsfeld.
Bush said Robert Gates, 63, who
has served in a variety of national
security jobs under six previous
presidents, would be nominated to
replace Rumsfeld.
Gates, currently the president of
Texas A&M University, is a Bush

family friend and a member of an
independent group studying the
way ahead in Iraq.
The White House hopes that
replacing Rumsfeld with Gates can
help refresh U.S. policy on the deeply
unpopular war and perhaps establish
a stronger rapport with the new Con-
gress. Rumsfeld had a rocky relation-
ship with many lawmakers.
"Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed
that sometimes it's necessary to
have a fresh perspective," Bush said
in the abrupt announcement during
a postelection news conference.
In a later appearance at the White
House with Rumsfeld and Gates at
his side, Bush praised both men,
thanked Rumsfeld for his service
and predicted that Gates would bring
fresh ideas.
"The secretary of defense must be
a man of vision who can see threats
still over the horizon and prepare
our nation to meet them. Bob Gates
is the right man to meet both of these
critical challenges," Bush said.
In brief remarks, Rumsfeld
described the Iraq conflict as a "little
understood, unfamiliar war" that is
"complex for people to comprehend."
Upon his return to the Pentagon

President Bush, right, walks out of the Oval Office of the White House in Washington ye
day, with outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

after appearing with Bush and Gates,
Rumsfeld said it was a good time for
him to leave.
"It will be a different Congress,
a different environment, moving
toward a presidential election and a
lot of partisanship, and it struck me

that this would be a good thing for
everybody," Rumsfeld told reporters.
But underscoring that he would not
bow to those pushing for a quick U.S.
withdrawal, he also said, "I'd like our
troops to come home, too, but I want
them to come home with victory."

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Computer and
monitor stolen
from Angell Hall
WHERE: Angell Hall, 435
State St.
WHEN: Monday at about
8 p.m.
WHAT: A computer and
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Halperin's "How to be Gay"
course and suggesting legisla-
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