2,701. 9/17/2001

In his meeting with principals on September 17, 2001, “President Bush instructed [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld and [Joint Chiefs Chairman General Hugh] Shelton to develop further the Camp David military plan [of September 15-16] to attack the Taliban and al Qaeda if the Taliban rejected the ultimatum. The President also tasked Rumsfeld to ensure that robust measures to protect American military forces against terrorist attack were implemented worldwide. Finally, he directed Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill to craft a plan to target al Qaeda’s funding and seize its assets.”

 – 9/11 Commission, The 9/11 Commission Report, Page 333

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