Pen­tagon po­lit­i­cals

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

De­fense of­fi­cials tell us word is cir­cu­lat­ing in the Pen­tagon that De­fense Sec­re­tary des­ig­nate Robert M. Gates is plan­ning to or­der the res­ig­na­tion of all po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees once he is con­firmed and in place.

The man­date would af­fect scores of Pen­tagon of­fi­cials, from Deputy De­fense Sec­re­tary Gor­don Eng­land down to such po­si­tions as that held by Tony Dolan, one of De­fense Sec­re­tary Don­ald H. Rums­feld’s low-profile spe­cial as­sis­tants, who works pub­lic af­fairs and speech­writ­ing is­sues.

The of­fi­cials tell us the mass res­ig­na­tions will be pro forma and sim­ply al­low Mr. Gates to pick and choose which ones to keep on dur­ing the fi­nal two years of the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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