Tuesday 15 October 2002

What next?

Rumsfeld sets out 'war principles'

America should never allow the concerns of allies or worries of the public to dictate its military aims, according to Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary.

Mr Rumsfeld said that the United States “must not dumb down what is needed by promising not to do things”, such as not to endanger civilians or bomb during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The maxim is among several personal principles that Mr Rumsfeld believes should guide the deployment of US forces. Together, the “Rumsfeld guidelines” make up the clearest definition of when and how the Pentagon plans to unleash America’s military might for a decade.

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