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Rumsfeld Says Early Strikes Wouldn't Have Stopped 9/11

Even if the United States had killed or captured al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it would not have prevented the hijacked plane attacks on America, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday. He and other top officials of the Bush and Clinton administrations told the national commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks that eliminating bin Laden, invading Afghanistan or bombing al Qaeda training camps in the months leading up to the attacks would not have prevented them. “Even if bin Laden had been captured or killed in the weeks before 9/11, no one I know believes it would have prevented 9/11,” Rumsfeld told the commission at a hearing. The plot had already been set in motion and the attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000 people would have been seen as retaliation for any U.S. strikes, the officials said. Full Story

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