New president will inherit Bush’s military leaders

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All the military’s current four-star officers carry the Rumsfeld stamp. As defense secretary, he took particular interest in who was winning two- and three-star promotion. He thoroughly vetted candidates for four stars and often turned to personal military aides for premier billets.

“My feeling is Gates is putting in his new team and cleaning out some of those who were most beholden to Rumsfeld,” Mr. Krohn said.

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