Let the death watch begin:
HUME: Is [Rumsfeld] here to stay as far as you are concerned?
BUSH: Yes. End of my term is a long time, but I tell you, he is doing a heckuva good job. I have no intention of changing him.
Note how carefully Bush chose his words: "I have no intention of changing him." Which, of course, leaves it wide open for Rumsfeld to "voluntarily" step down:
White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday.
God, I love semantics.