2,601. 9/14/2001

In a strategy memo written to President Bush and the National Security Council on September 14, 2001, titled ‘War on Terrorism: Strategic Concept,’ Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter Rodman said: “The United States must confront ‘the entire network of states, non-state entities, and organizations that engage in or support terrorism against the United States and our interests, including the states that harbor terrorists. All those organizations and states constitute a threat, jointly and severally. The United States cannot tolerate continued state support for terrorism, regardless of whether a specific tie can be established to the perpetrators of the World Trade Center and Pentagon outrages. The objective is not punishment but prevention and self-defense.’ ”

 – Douglas Feith, War and Decision, Page 50

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