Speech by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld on the September 11 Attacks, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce [open pdf - 41KB]
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld gave a speech to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on September 27, 2002 concerning the attacks of September 11. Secretary Rumsfeld said "A decision to use military force has not been made and it is never an easy decision. It's clearly the last choice, not the first choice. No reasonable person wakes up in the morning wanting to go to war. It's dangerous, it's deadly, and there are clearly serious risks to acting. But in this new security environment we have to face the reality that there are also very serious risks to not acting and we, each of us -- you and me, the people of this country and indeed the people of other countries need to carefully consider and weigh both of those risks -- the risk of acting as well as the risk of not acting".