Secreteray of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was interviewed by JIm Lehrer on PBS yesterday. There are some notable paragraphs:
DONALD RUMSFELD: I think so. I think weve had to face the vulnerabilities that are there for the 21st century. And they werent there in that way for us. With these two big oceans and friends North and South, weve had a rather protected, safe environment. With terrorists being able to get access to jet airplanes and laptops and wire transfers and all kinds of electronics, with the proliferation of technologies that relate to a chemical and biological and radiation weapons and you look forward and you think, thats going to be a quite different world, there are two or three terrorist states that are potentially going to be nuclear powers in the next three or four, five, eight, ten, twelve years. That creates a different environment that were going to be living in.
JIM LEHRER: How about here?
DONALD RUMSFELD: I think that people have registered that. Theyre concerned for their safety. We are free people. We dont want to live in fear. We dont want to be terrorized. We know theres no way to defend against it. The only way to deal with it is to go after the terrorists where they are. Were killing, capturing terrorists in Iraq which is a... Baghdad today which is a whale of a lot better than Boise.