2,618. 9/14/2001

On September 14, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that “the U.S. response to the [9/11] attacks should be a ‘sustained, broad campaign’ against targets well beyond al Qaeda and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Rumsfeld’s injunction, ‘Don’t over-elevate the importance of al Qaida,’ indicated that the war on terrorism was going to be a general one against all purveyors of terrorism and not just against those who aided, abetted, and perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.”

 – Jeffrey Record, Wanting War, Page 28

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