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Rumsfeld Memo Questions Effectiveness in Terror Fight

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has predicted eventual victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, but only after “a long, hard slog,” and he has pressed Pentagon officials to rethink strategy in the campaign against terrorism. “Are we winning or losing the global war on terror?” Mr. Rumsfeld asked in a recent memorandum. He went on to ask whether the Defense Department was changing fast enough “to deal with the new 21st-century security environment.” The memo, first reported in Wednesday’s issues of USA Today, was sent last week to Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz; Gen. Peter Pace, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Douglas J. Feith, the under secretary of defense for policy. Mr. Rumsfeld saw a mixed record in the battle against Al Qaeda terrorists. Full Story

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