WASHINGTON -- The White House says the president's choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld as defense secretary will no longer be a part of a blue-ribbon commission trying to devise a new course for Iraq.
White House press secretary Tony Snow says Robert Gates will resign from the commission. Gates will be replaced by Lawrence Eagleburger, who served as secretary of state in the last two months of President Bush's father's term.
The commission will meet with Bush and his national security team on Monday and is expected to make its recommendations before the end of the year.
The group will have individual meetings with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other key administration officials.