U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates and Senate Majority leader-elect Harry Reid speak with the media in Washington

 
U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates and Senate Majority leader-elect Harry Reid speak with the media in Washington
U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates (L) stands with Senate Majority leader-elect Harry Reid (D-NV) after their meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington November 17, 2006. Gates is expected to begin Senate confirmation hearings on his appointment to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense in early December. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)