Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld pauses while taking part in a town hall meeting at the Pentagon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2006.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld prepares to receive Mexican Navy Secretary Admiral Marco Antonio Peyrot, not shown, during an honor cordon at the Pentagon in this Oct. 30, 2006 file photo. Rumsfeld stepped down as defense secretary Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, one day after midterm elections in which opposition to the war in Iraq contributed to heavy Republican losses.
President Bush, left, and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, attend the official dedication ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Memorial, in Arlington, Va. in this Oct. 14, 2006 file photo. Rumsfeld stepped down as defense secretary Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. President Bush lavished praise on Rumsfeld, who spent six stormy years at his post.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discusses Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror, during an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006. Rumsfeld, 74, stepped down as defense secretary Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. He was in his second tour of duty as defense chief. He first held the job a generation ago, when he was appointed by President Ford.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld seen at sunrise at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday Dec. 24, 2005. Rumsfeld was in Iraq to thank the troops for their service. Rumsfeld stepped down as defense secretary Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. The Pentagon offered no date for Rumsfeld's actual departure.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, center, serves Christmas dinner to soldiers in Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005. Rumsfeld was in Iraq to thank the troops for their service.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and his wife Joyce arrive for a social dinner in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at the White House in Washington.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, center, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the Joint Chiefs chairman, left, applaud remarks by President Bush as he steps up his defense of America's Iraq policy and the broader war on terrorism during a speech before the National Endowment for Democracy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005.
Vice President Dick Cheney, second from left, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, second right, stand with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace, right, and U.S. Army Chaplain Lt. Col. William O. Barefield, during the playing of "America the Beautiful" at a memorial ceremony on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at the Pentagon.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pauses in front of the casket of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld looks at a chart showing techniques used by the Army for defeating improvised explosive devices and mines during an Ironclaw demonstration as he visited Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, April 12, 2005.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell attend a victory rally celebrating President Bush's reelection Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.
Then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, left, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testify before the federal panel reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2004.
President Bush greets Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, as Secretary of State Colin Powell looks on prior to Mr. Bush's State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld bows his head during a wreath laying ceremony with family members of those lost in the September 11th attack on the Pentagon, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2003.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld listens to comments by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing for supplemental budgetary requests on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, March 27, 2003. Rumsfeld asked for more funding for the Defense Department for President Bush's Iraq war supplemental package and the ongoing fight against terrorism.
President Gerald Ford, flanked by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, right, holds his first post-election cabinet meeting in the White House, Nov. 5, 1976. In foreground, are Attorney General Edward Levi, left, and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, right.