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OfflineZahid
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Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo
    #2033174 - 10/22/03 06:32 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo

Below is the full text of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's memo on the war on terror:

October 16, 2003
TO: Gen. Dick Myers
Paul Wolfowitz
Gen. Pete Pace
Doug Feith

FROM: Donald Rumsfeld

SUBJECT: Global War on Terrorism

The questions I posed to combatant commanders this week were: Are we winning or losing the Global War on Terror? Is DoD changing fast enough to deal with the new 21st century security environment? Can a big institution change fast enough? Is the USG changing fast enough?

DoD has been organized, trained and equipped to fight big armies, navies and air forces. It is not possible to change DoD fast enough to successfully fight the global war on terror; an alternative might be to try to fashion a new institution, either within DoD or elsewhere ? one that seamlessly focuses the capabilities of several departments and agencies on this key problem.

With respect to global terrorism, the record since Septermber 11th seems to be:

We are having mixed results with Al Qaida, although we have put considerable pressure on them ? nonetheless, a great many remain at large.

USG has made reasonable progress in capturing or killing the top 55 Iraqis.

USG has made somewhat slower progress tracking down the Taliban ? Omar, Hekmatyar, etc.

With respect to the Ansar Al-Islam, we are just getting started.

Have we fashioned the right mix of rewards, amnesty, protection and confidence in the US?

Does DoD need to think through new ways to organize, train, equip and focus to deal with the global war on terror?

Are the changes we have and are making too modest and incremental? My impression is that we have not yet made truly bold moves, although we have have made many sensible, logical moves in the right direction, but are they enough?

Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?

Does the US need to fashion a broad, integrated plan to stop the next generation of terrorists? The US is putting relatively little effort into a long-range plan, but we are putting a great deal of effort into trying to stop terrorists. The cost-benefit ratio is against us! Our cost is billions against the terrorists' costs of millions.

Do we need a new organization?

How do we stop those who are financing the radical madrassa schools?

Is our current situation such that "the harder we work, the behinder we get"?

It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long, hard slog.

Does CIA need a new finding?

Should we create a private foundation to entice radical madradssas to a more moderate course?

What else should we be considering?

Please be prepared to discuss this at our meeting on Saturday or Monday.

Thanks.


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Re: Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo [Re: Zahid]
    #2033209 - 10/22/03 06:41 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Does CIA need a new finding?

like uranium from syria?


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Re: Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo [Re: afoaf]
    #2033472 - 10/22/03 07:53 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

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Re: Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo [Re: Zahid]
    #2033643 - 10/22/03 08:54 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Is it just me or is good old rummie been behind lock and key.. He used to be at every single press conferance making jokes about the liberal media's misunderstanding of the situation with the "this is not a gorilla war" stance he took.. Looks like he's changed his job from defence minister to the departments questionaire writer.. What a bold leap.. I nominate him as the first Bush admin lacky to resign by force..


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Re: Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo [Re: Zahid]
    #2033705 - 10/22/03 09:09 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long, hard slog.





It would have been nice if they had explained this to the American people before they invaded.


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Re: Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo [Re: SquattingMarmot]
    #2033841 - 10/22/03 09:51 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

They did.

Bush emphasized in all his speeches on the subject that the war against terrorists would be a long-term and ongoing project.

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Re: Rumsfeld's war-on-terror memo [Re: Phred]
    #2033910 - 10/22/03 10:02 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Whether Saddam is a terrorist threat (WMD) to the United States has yet to be determined. Besides, considering how much controversy there is over the Iraq invasion (when compared to Taliban Afghanistan) it goes to show that it was somewhat, if not entirely seperate from the war on terror. Saddam has always hated the US because they never let him 'do his own thing', which is contrary to the geopolitical/religious tones of the 'real' terrorist threat.


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