Rumors of Rumsfeld’s retirement appear to be just that — rumors …

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the craftsman of U.S. Iraq war strategy and a magnet for criticism, said on Thursday he had no plans to retire from the post more than 2-1/2 years into the conflict.

“Those reports have been flying around since about four months after I assumed my post in 2001,” Rumsfeld, 73, told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about a New York Daily News report that White House officials are telling associates they expect him to quit early next year.

“I have no plans to retire,” added Rumsfeld, who has been criticized over the conduct of the Iraq and the treatment of detainees in U.S. military custody.

Yes, the criticism leveled against Rumsfeld has been considerable over the duration of the Iraq War – although over the past six months he has seemed to keep a decidedly lower profile.

Well, Rummy has made a definitive stance – I’m staying through the term.

Rumsfeld has been criticized for the conduct of the war, with some prominent Democrats including Massachusetts senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry demanding his resignation. Rumsfeld also has had frosty relations even with fellow Republicans in Congress.

A combative former collegiate wrestler and Navy fighter pilot, Rumsfeld has established himself as the most powerful Pentagon chief since Vietnam War era defense secretary Robert McNamara.

Interesting the Vietnam era reference …

Is it just me or does that appear to be just a little bit of slant coming through in the reporting?

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