Washington.— Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense for almost nine years and who, at one point, was a presidential candidate, died today, Wednesday at the age of 88, his family confirmed by written communication.
Considered by many to be intelligent and combative, patriotic, and politically knowledgeable, Rumsfeld had an outstanding career under four different presidents, as well as serving in various corporations in the United States for nearly half a century.
In 2001, Rumsfeld began his second term as director of the Pentagon under President George W. Bush, but his plan to transform the Armed Forces took a back seat after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Rumsfeld also oversaw the invasion of Afghanistan, as well as the removal of Saddam Hussein as president of Iraq in 2003.RELATED
In that campaign, Rumsfeld was indicted for the abuse scandal committed against detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.