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