Between Rumsfeld and Gates, Generals in Spotlight

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As the public face of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shielded U.S. military generals from much of the public criticism of the war in Iraq. With Rumsfeld on the way out, the generals now find themselves in the spotlight.

Gen. John Abizaid's recent testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee was marked by sharp exchanges, emanating largely from the Republican side of the aisle.



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