Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday while President Barack Obama campaigned against the Bush Doctrine when he was running in 2008, his administration came to realize the policies were needed to uphold homeland security.
“I think what they did was they campaigned again the Bush approach — and once they got in they realized the 90-nation coalition that was put together was successful in sharing intelligence, and tracking bank accounts, and cooperating against terrorism,” Rumsfeld told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.
“And they ended up keeping Guantanamo open not because they like it — we didn’t like it either — but they couldn’t think of a better solution,” Rumsfeld said. “The same is true with the Patriot Act, and military commissions, and indefinite detention. All of those things were criticized but today are still in place two-and-a-half years later because they are the best alternative to the other choices — and they are in fact successful in keeping America safer.”
Van Susteren asked Rumsfeld how the nation can honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy without exploiting the day and letting terrorists know how affected America was by the attacks.
“I suppose there is a tension there in one’s mind, but it was the largest attack on America inside of our country,” Rumsfeld said. “It led to a new set of steps to try to protect the American people — a different way of looking at it — instead of thinking we can defend what you can’t defend against a terrorist, every place at every moment of the day or night against every conceivable technique. But we had to go after them and put pressure on them — thus far it has been quite successful.”
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