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Rumsfeld: 'Nonsense' for Obama to Say Press Hypes Terror Threat

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 06:42 PM

Firing back at President Barack Obama's "if it bleeds it leads" comment, former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the press can't be expected to ignore beheadings and other atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Obama said in a Vox interview posted earlier this month that the media overplays the threat of terrorism, needlessly alarming the public.

Rumsfeld, appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," disagreed.

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"I mean the fact of the matter is, cutting off the heads of people is something that needs to be reported, Rumsfeld said. "The fact that somebody goes in and blows up a shopping center or shopping mall is newsworthy and blaming it on the fact that it's reported, I think is utter nonsense."

Though the stories of terrorism are legitimate news items, the United States has been "inept" at countering them, Rumsfeld said.

"We don't recognize that the terrorists have media committees," he said. "They sit down and figure out what they can do that will call attention to them."

Rumsfeld said there was a grain of truth in State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf's comment last week that has drawn scorn from conservatives.

Harf told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that part of the long-term solution to stopping terrorism is finding jobs for young men who are joining the jihad.

"There's truth in what she said," Rumseld agreed. "You're not going to win this with bullets alone. That's true."

But he said the alternative is not a jobs program. Instead, he said, the West much convince potential jihadists they are on the losing side and the world will not tolerate their actions.

"The idea that we can just sit back and let it happen and think it will go away, it won't go away," Rumsfeld said. "It will grow and build until we go out and deal with them in a forceful way, I'm afraid."

It will take time for Americans to realize the fight against Islamic terrorism will not be won as quickly as either of the world wars, he said. He joined other conservatives in saying it is important to acknowledge that the terrorists use Islam to justify their deeds.

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"Now, can we deal with it effectively over time? I believe we can," Rumsfeld said. "I think if we're wise and persevere we'll be able to do that. A terrorist, however, can attack any time, any place, using any technique, and you can't defend everywhere against every technique."

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Firing back at President Barack Obama's "if it bleeds it leads" comment, former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the press can't be expected to ignore beheadings and other atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS).
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