Rumsfeld hopes US forces will go after Southeast Asian terrorists "soon"
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here that he hoped US military forces will soon be hunting terrorists in Southeast Asia, but stopped short of giving details. In a dialogue with sailors and marines aboard the naval vessel USS Essex at a Singapore base ahead of a major regional security meeting, he was asked “when are we going to start hunting some terrorists in this theater?” “Well, I would hope pretty soon,” Rumsfeld replied. “I know that the only way we’re going to deal with this problem is to recognize it is truly global, that we have to bring all the elements of national power to bear on it,” he said. “We simply cannot wait for another attack and expect to defend against it. We have to go out and find those terrorist networks and the people financing them and countries providing a safe haven for them. Full Story