Salutes Pace Exit with Grainy Photo Illustration

Update added below fold

The Secretary of Defense has decided to recommend a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, rather than re-nominate General Peter Pace. Reporting this development, this CBS/AP story noted that the Pentagon personnel move by Secretary Robert Gates was done to avoid a contentious Senate circus, more so than with dissatisfaction with Pace's performance.

"It would be a backward looking and very contentious process," the AP quoted Gates, noting that Gates insisted the personnel move had "nothing to do" with Pace's performance.

So why this teaser photo illustration on the front page, done in a grainy black-and-white and preparing the Web site reader for a negative take on the outgoing 40-year Marine veteran? (picture below jump)

Update (16:29): CBS Pentagon-based producer Mary Walsh blogs at "Couric & Co." that the Pace departure notes "you can finally say the Rumsfeld years are over."

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.