President Bush announced Wednesday Donald H. Rumsfeldâ€™s resignation.
For the span of six-years as defense secretary, Rumsfeldâ€™s was best known for his management on the war on Iraq. The dissatisfaction generated from the way he handled the matters in Iraq, unfortunately, led to his sudden resignation. Even some of GOP party mates were unsatisfied of Rumfeldâ€™s performance.
The war is one of the prime issues that led to voter dissatisfaction and gave the rival Democrats the upper hand in Tuesdayâ€™s election.
Bush announced that Robert Gates, 63, who had worked in various national security jobs under six previous presidents, would be tapped to replace Rumsfeld. Gates, currently serves as the president of Texas A&M University. He is friend to the Bush family and a member of an independent group studying the way ahead in Iraq.
The White House hopes to establish stronger ties with new Democrat-dominated Congress in replacing Rumsfeld with Gates. It also needs new perspectives in carrying out U.S. policies on Iraq war.
“Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that sometimes it’s necessary to have a fresh perspective,” Bush announced during a post-election news conference.
Bush appeared at the White House with both Rumsfeld and Gates at his side. He 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.