Rumsfeld was one of Gerald Ford's closest advisors. He was also the youngest Secretary of Defense to date, being 43 years old upon his appointment.
Rumsfeld left office when Gerald Ford failed to be reelected. He officially ended his term on January 20, 1977.
"They're benefiting from the support of governments and from the support of nongovernmental organizations that are either actively supporting them with money, intelligence and weapons, or allowing them to function on their territory and tolerating, if not encouraging, their activities."
"It's not a matter of a single event. We're talking about a very broadly based campaign to go after the terrorist problem where it exists, and it exists in countries across the globe. As I've indicated, this one network, al Qaeda, that's receiving so much discussion and publicity, may have activities in 50 to 60 countries, including the United States."
"The people who committed these acts are clearly determined to try to force the United States of America and our values from the world, or to respond by curtailing our freedoms. If we do that, the terrorists will have won, and we have no intention of doing so."
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