Posts Tagged ‘US must engage in ideological battle’


May 24, 2013

The Washington Times on May 23, 2013, published an article on former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld saying that he expects that the use of drone planes will continue to play a significant role in the global “War on Terror,” and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should remain open. Excerpts below:

“I think we have to begin with the fact that a drone is nothing more than an airplane,” he said on Fox News. “It just doesn’t happen to have a human being flying it. So you ought to be able to do with a drone what you do with a manned aircraft. The difference is simply that one thing — there isn’t a person in it.”

“I think there is clearly going to be a use for drones; there has been in the past, there will be in the future, both armed and unarmed drones,” he continued.

U.S. drone strikes have killed four Americans, including one who was “specifically targeted” and three others who were not targets, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter to Congress, publicly confirming the strikes for the first time.

Mr. Rumsfeld said one of the big disadvantages with drones, however, is that they can kill people who might have otherwise been able to provide valuable information if captured alive. He said the place to gather that information should be Guantanamo Bay.

“It’s probably as well-run a prison as you’ll find,” he said.

Mr. Rumsfeld also said that the United States, since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has still not engaged in an ideological battle against terrorists throughout the world.

“This is much more like the Cold War than it is like World War I or Korea — it’s going to take time, and we have to be willing to engage against the people that are training young people to go out and kill innocent men, women and children,” he said.