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In Rumsfeld's own words

"These past years, six years, it's been quite a time. It recalls to mind the statement by Winston Churchill, something to the effect that: 'I have benefited greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof.' "

"We took the biggest blow that we've ever taken in a single attack in the Sept. 11th attack five years ago. The purpose was to terrorize the American people, and the American people have not been terrorized. They're still flying in airplanes; they're still free people; they're still going about their business and doing what they want and saying what they want, and living as free people. And we're a compassionate people."

"The only way that terrorists can win this struggle is if we lose our will and surrender the fight, or think it's not important enough, or in confusion or in disagreement among ourselves give them the time to regroup and reestablish themselves in Iraq or elsewhere."

"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

"Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

SOURCES: The Washington Post, BBC,, Department of Defense transcripts

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