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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says in an interview, "Iraq is probably not a nuclear threat at the present time." (Leopold 6/27/2003)

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld describes the prisoners being held in Guantanamo as “hard-core, well-trained terrorists.” (MSNBC 1/20/2002; Wintour, Dyer, and Branigan 2/21/2004)

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says that President Bush has not decided to go to war. (White House 9/16/2002; Associated Press 9/16/2002)

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appears before the Senate to express his dismay over the abuse. The incidents of abuse, Rumsfeld says, “sullied the reputation of our country. I was stunned. It was a body blow.” (MSNBC 5/13/2004)

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld reportedly pressures the Army to conclude the investigations (see August 25, 2004) of Generals George Fay and Anthony R. Jones by late August, before the Republican Convention in New York. (Hersh 9/13/2004 Sources: Scott Horton)


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