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Rumsfeld Resigns

Robert Gates Robert Gates
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Senator Dan Inouye Senator Dan Inouye

WASHINGTON (KHNL) - President Bush announced former C.I.A. Director, Robert Gates, as his choice to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.  President Bush's announcement comes after Rumsfeld said he was resigning from office, on Wednesday.

Senator Dan Inouye says the news about Rumsfeld's resignation didn't surprise him. "One must say the Secretary tried his best, but in this case his best wasn't enough. I think that some of the planning could have been better. But I wish him well," Inouye said.

Senator Inouye says he would like to see the President meet with congressional leaders to develop a new policy for Iraq.  Inouye says it's not practical for the United States to simply pack up its troops and pull out of the country.  He says whatever the President and Congress do, the safety and welfare of American troops should remain a top priority

Rumsfeld has been Defense Chief since President Bush took office in 2001.  A few days ago, Bush said he wanted Rumsfeld at the Pentagon for the remainder of his term. However, Rumsfeld's announcement comes during a time when Americans are upset about the progress of the war in Iraq.

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