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• “A defense secretary put his own safety at risk by rushing to the scene of the Pentagon 9/11 attack to help with the wounded;

• “Straight talk from the podium about how, yes, we were really going to ‘kill’ America’s enemies who had so grievously harmed our country — jarring stuff for a country grown accustomed to euphemisms and political correctness.

• “And the rapid removal of two odious regimes, in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

On Mr. Rumsfeld’s work as a military reformer, Mr. Gates said: “I was struck upon taking this job of just how much more deployable and expeditionary the U.S. military is today, compared to when I left government 15 years earlier.”

The Pentagon’s inner corridor now boasts two Rumsfeld portraits. He served as defense secretary in the brief, post-Watergate administration of President Ford.

PLA hack on Google?

A new report by a private research group concludes that China’s military was most likely behind the cyber-attacks on Google and other U.S. companies.

The white paper byMedius Research stated that “the likeliest source of these breaches — which resulted in the widespread loss of business and government data that might include valuable secrets — is the Chinese military, known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).”

“One particular installation of the PLA, on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea, has been the single largest single source of cyber-attacks,” the report stated.

“The intrusions into Google seem likely the work of China’s efforts to collect political intelligence in order to maintain political order at home; as such, Google is likely facing civilian intelligence agencies inside China,” Richard Parker, one of the authors of the report told Inside the Ring. “But Google, other technology companies, as well as the Defense Department are also likely of extreme interest to the PLA in its quest for technological, military and political intelligence.”

The Obama administration was able to determine with moderate confidence that the attack, first discovered a year ago, was carried out with the assistance of Chinese government organs against not just Google, but between 20 and 30 other companies.

Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, described the attack in a statement issued in January as a “sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google.”