By Charles Pugsley Fincher, A Spin-Off of

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld seemed subdued at his news conference about the assault on Fallujah yesterday. He read a statement instead of winging it. Rumsfeld is said to want to get back that magic glow he gained after 9/11 -- but lost in the mistakes of post-invasion Iraq -- before he leaves the Bush cabinet. Here's the reference from the Washington Post last week:

"Rice wants to head the Defense Department, according to several Republicans, but Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is lobbying to keep his job, hoping for progress in Iraq and some success with Bush's agenda of military modernization.

" 'Rumsfeld wants to restore the golden-boy glow before he leaves,' said a presidential adviser who has discussed the matter with top Bush aides."


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