Terrorists lie, Rumsfeld says
Defense chief says they use U.S. media
August 29, 2006
FALLON NAVAL AIR STATION, Nev. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he is deeply troubled by the success of terrorist groups in “manipulating the media” to influence Westerners.
“That’s the thing that keeps me up at night,” he said during a question-and-answer session with about 200 naval aviators and other Navy personnel at this training base for Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
Rumsfeld was asked whether the criticism he draws as Pentagon chief and a leading advocate of the war in Iraq is an impediment to performing his job. He said it is not and that he knows from history that wars are unpopular with many Americans. “I expect that,” he said. “I understand that.