Donald Rumsfeld quotes from visit to MacDill AFB on October 12, 2005
"Well, you can tell those who ask such questions that you and your friends across the world are standing on the front lines to protect them and to safeguard their freedoms, as well as your own."
"And you can tell them something else: that America is not what's wrong with this world. What's wrong with this world are the terrorists, the 'beheaders,' the hostage-takers, the assassins -- the people our forces are fighting every day in a number of locations -- they're what's wrong with the world. And our country's finest men and women are out there meeting them every day."
"Your mission is to be on the offense; it's to go on the attack, and that's what our forces are doing: they're engaging the enemy where they live so that they do not attack us where we live."
"Every loss of life and every injury weighs on our hearts and on the hearts of America."
"In the past year, our country and other parts of the world have ... suffered a number of natural disasters that have affected millions of people in thousands of communities. These disasters have caused a great deal of harm and a lot of death and dislocation, but they've also shown the truly heartfelt compassion and professionalism of the men and women in the United States military."
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