Gates set to be sworn in

The ex-CIA director replaces Donald Rumsfeld as the US defence secretary.

    Gates was a member of the Iraq Study Group that   recommended policy changes in Iraq to Bush
    Rumsfeld, Gates predecessor, was the chief architect of the war in Iraq and still defends the decision to invade in March 2003.
     
    Critical time
     
    Gates' appointment comes at a crucial juncture in the Iraq war — a conflict that cost Rumsfeld his job.
     
    Prior to his nomination, Gates was a member of the Iraq Study Group, a a commission that recommended policy changes in Iraq to George Bush, the US president and the congress.
     
    Beyond Iraq, Gates will advise the president on North Korea and Iran.
     
    Bush nominated Gates, a CIA director during the administration of Bush's father, after voters swept Republicans out of power in an election driven in large part by frustration over the Iraq war.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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