Rumsfeld appointed distinguished visiting fellow at Hoover

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who resigned from the position last year after coming under increasing fire for his management of the war in Iraq, has been appointed a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Rumsfeld, who was appointed defense secretary by President George W. Bush in 2001, will serve on a task force of scholars and experts that will focus on "issues pertaining to ideology and terror," the research institute announced last week.

"I have asked Don to join the distinguished group of scholars that will pursue new insights on the direction of thinking that the United States might consider going forward," institution Director John Raisian said in a statement.

Raisian noted that Rumsfeld has been involved with the institution since 1989 and has served as a member of its Board of Overseers and as a member of the board's executive committee.

Bush announced Rumsfeld's resignation on Nov. 8, 2006, the day after midterm elections gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives amid growing voter dissatisfaction with Republican leadership and policies on the war.