Rowan Scarborough, defense reporter for the Washington Times, has written a book called Rumsfeld’s War. The Times is publishing excerpts from the book; the first one appeared today:
Donald H. Rumsfeld sat in a vault-like room studded with video screens and talked with President Bush as the Pentagon burned. “This is not a criminal action,” the secretary of defense told Bush over a secure line. “This is war.”
Rumsfeld’s instant declaration of war, previously unreported, took America from the Clinton administration’s view that terrorism was a criminal matter to the Bush administration’s view that terrorism was a global enemy to be destroyed.
This would be a global war, Rumsfeld said, and he planned to give Special Operations forces