"Rumsfeld, a former Navy pilot and congressman who also served as secretary of defense under President Gerald Ford, led the Defense Department response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, 184 people died when hijackers crashed American Flight 77 into the Pentagon."
Under Nixon (1969-1974) he was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1973 to 1974), Director of the Economic Stabilization Program (1971 to 1972) and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (the creation of which Rumsfeld has opposed as Congressman) and Assistant to the President( 1969 to 1970). Rumsfeld also served as ambassador to NATO in 1972.
... though Nixon called Rummy a "tough little bastard" he didn't come across as tough in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. If anything, Rummy seemed politically correct and afraid to upset the enemy. What remains to be seen is; did that really come from Rumsfeld? ... or, is it G.W. Bush?
... Donald Rumsfeld resigned today, Wednesday, November 8th.