Rumsfeld's Go-to Guy

Gordon England is nominated for the Pentagon's No. 2 spot

Is Donald Rumsfeld headed for the exit by the end of this year? While speculation has been hot that the Secretary of Defense will depart early in President George W. Bush's second term, don't bet on it, his senior aides tell TIME. Rumsfeld has been sending strong signals that he's in no hurry to leave: asking applicants for senior posts whether they're willing to stay until the end of the term and talking to aides about planning foreign trips years down the road.

Another sign he may be sticking around is his choice for a No. 2: Navy Secretary Gordon England,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!