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Cheney, Rumsfeld: Nations That Sponsor Terrorists Will Be Hit

Sunday, 16 September 2001 12:00 AM

"What's changed in terms of U.S. policy is the president's determination to also go after those nations and organizations and people that lend support to these terrorist operators," Cheney told NBC's "Meet the Press," in the clearest indication to date that the Bush administration intends to go beyond merely taking bin Laden out.

"If you've got a nation that's out there now that has provided a base, a training facility, a sanctuary," Cheney warned, "then they have to understand, and others like them around the world have to understand, that if you provide sanctuary to terrorists you face the full wrath of the United States of America."

Rumsfeld elaboated on Cheney's threat, saying the U.S. had "no choice" but to strike "high value" targets in terrorist sponsor nations, in an interview with "Fox News Sunday's" Tony Snow:

RUMSFELD: If you do not have an army to go after or a navy to go after, you have to go after the network. And you have to then also go after the countries that are harboring - some of the countries that are harboring terrorist networks do in fact have high value targets. They do have capitals. They do have armies.

SNOW: If some of those nations continue to harbor terrorists we would not hesitate to strike high value targets within those borders?

RUMSFELD: We have no choice. Either the United States acquiesces to the terrorists and becomes isolationist, turns inward, gives up our freedom. ... And if we decide we can't do anything about this problem we have no choice but to give up that freedom. And we can't do that."

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