Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urged America's allies to increaseFurthermore, he states the obvious:
their military spending to prevent the rise of a "global extremist
The Iranian regime is today the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism...But it gets better and more intelligent:
"We could choose to pretend, as some suggest, that the enemy is not
at our doorstep. We could choose to believe, as some contend, that the
threat is exaggerated.
"But those who would follow such a course must ask: what if they are
wrong? What if at this moment, the enemy is counting on being
underestimated, counting on being dismissed, and counting on our
preoccupation," Rumsfeld said.
"The struggle ahead promises to be a long war that will cause us all
to recalibrate our strategies, perhaps further adjust our institutions,
and certainly work closely together," he said.
He said Islamic militants are on the move and have to be checked.
"They seek to take over governments from North Africa to Southeast
Asia and to re-establish a caliphate they hope, one day, will include
every continent," he said. "They have designed and distributed a map
where national borders are erased and replaced by a global extremist
The neocons have a least got this part of their analysis right. And I need not say more. This is some of the most solidly anti-Dhimmi material from the US Administration.
I now expect to see Daily Kos, Dowd et al to decry Rumsfeld as a saber-rattler, and the State Department to tone down Rumsfeld's rhetoric.