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The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The Pen­tagon is won­der­ing what will hap­pen to peo­ple in the pipe­line hand­picked by De­fense Sec­re­tary Don­ald H. Rums­feld for higher posts. Two things might hap­pen to scut­tle them: In­com­ing De­fense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates might nix them in fa­vor of peo­ple he fa­vors; or he may de­cide a new Demo­cratic Se­nate would not ap­prove their nom­i­na­tion.

We are told that Mr. Rums­feld has a fa­vorite for the next com­man­der for U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, whose troops play a ma­jor role in the war on rad­i­cal Is­lamists. He is Army Lt. Gen. Stan­ley McChrys­tal, who now com­mands the se­cre­tive U.S. Joint Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand and spends most of his time in Iraq hunt­ing high-value tar­gets.

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