You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will stay aboard until after Dec. 29, so that he can best Robert McNamara's record of longest-serving Defense Secretary, Newsweek reports, citing an anonymous White House source.
In other words, Rumsfeld's ego may be more important than turning around the mess in Iraq.
Officially, the White House spin is that Robert Gates will be sworn in as Rumsfeld's replacement -- two weeks after his confirmation -- once Gates winds up affairs as president of Texas A&M University.
But as Newsweek reports: "(T)hat's news in College Station, Texas, where Gates has been handing everything over to the man he calls "my strong right arm," the executive vice president and provost, David Pratt."
Gates on Nov. 8 announced he would quit A&M on "completion of the confirmation process and a Senate vote."