"In making the announcement Thursday, [then-] Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the tributes were appropriate, given the unprecedented nature of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. ... "They were acts of war — military strikes against the United States of America," Mr. Rumsfeld said.
"This will be a story that will span my lifetime," Mr. Rumsfeld, 75, told the Associated Press yesterday. "It will be something that I will try hard to ... be very fair and honest and useful. I hope it adds to people's information about these times."