Donald Rumsfeld, the youngest (under Ford) and oldest (under Bush 43) Secretary of Defense was feted today by the Veep and the Prez as the nation said goodbye to the longest serving Secretary of Defense ever. Vice President Cheney, a Secretary of Defense himself under Bush 41, said, "I believe the record speaks for itself: Don Rumsfeld is the finest secretary of defense this nation has ever had. The Commander in Chief added, "Because of Don Rumsfeld's determination and leadership, America has the best-equipped, the best-trained, and most-experienced armed forces in the history of the world." It appeared that the executive dyad wanted to give the distinguished warrior his due after summarily giving him the door after the Dems' rout of the Republicans in the midterm elections. The erstwhile senior stud saw his star dim as the the Iraq war turned from a military triumph to a nation-building tribulation.