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Security politics II

The Administration closed ranks around Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday.  The Pentagon declined to comment on calls to remove him from office; NBC's Courtney Kube reports that spokesperson Bryan Whitman said the Pentagon is "not going to get involved in politics in the Defense Department."  White House spokesperson Tony Snow told reporters, "The President strongly supports the Defense Secretary...  Creating Don Rumsfeld as a bogeyman may make for good politics but would make for very lousy strategy at this time."

White House chief of staff Josh Bolten undertook the official response to the Democratic leadership's Monday letter calling for a "new direction" in