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War on Terror Strategy

War on Terror Strategy

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Donald Rumsfeld's 2001 memo to George W. Bush laying out his strategy for responding to 9/11.
Donald Rumsfeld's 2001 memo to George W. Bush laying out his strategy for responding to 9/11.

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The
U.S.
strategic
themeshould
be
aiding
localpeoples
to
ridthemselves
of
teJrorists
IIldto
free
themselves
of
regimes
that
support
terrorism.
U.S.
Special
OperationsForces
andintelligencepersonnelshouldmake
allieS
of
Mghanis,Iraqis,
Lebanese,Sudanese
and
others
who
would
use
U.S.
equipmeJ1t,
training,
financial,military
IIld
humanitariansupport
to
root
out
and
attackthecommon
enemies
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Strategic
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begin
soon.
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especially
in
the
war's
initial
period,I
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U.S.
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indirect
(1hrougb
local,
non-U.S.
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in
cooi'diDatimi
with
and
.in
support
of
opposition
groups;.
directuse
of
U.S.
"forces
iDitiaUy
primarily
to
deliverlogistics,.
intelligence
and
other
support'to
opposition
groups
an,d
humanitarian
supplies
to
NGOs
and
and
subsequently
on-1he-ground
action
against
dte
terrorists
a.s
individua1s-leaders
and
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too
heavily
on:
direct,
aerial
attacks
'on
d1in8s
and
people.
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The
U.S.
shouldexercise
care
IIld
restraint
regarding
,initial
air
strikesuntilintelligence
develops
to
pennit
imptessive
(worthwhile)
strikes
agmst
A1-Qaida
and
other
targets,
strikc;s
that
in
some
instancescan
be
coordinated
to
proVide
effective
support
to
the
opposition.We
should
avoid
as
much'as
possible
creating.
images
of
Americans
Jcming
Moslems
until
wehave
set
the
Political
stage
that
the.
People
we
are
going
afterare
the
enemies
ofMosleiDS
themselves..
Publicexpectations
still
are
shaped
by
conventional
thinking
rooted
in
recenthistory.
It
is
therefore
widelY
assumed
that
U.S.
will
strike
soon
and
exclusively
at
A1-Qaida
in
Afghanistan..·
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