Rumsfeld Strikes Out Against War Critics

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- In some unusually blunt terms, Rumsfeld says the administration's detractors suffer from "moral and intellectual confusion" about global security threats. And he says they lack the courage to fight back.

In remarks prepared for a speech to an American Legion convention, Rumsfeld recalls the failed efforts to appease Adolf Hitler's regime in the 1930s and says the U-S today faces "the same kind of challenges."

Rumsfeld's speech, in which he says terrorists need to be confronted and not appeased, is part of a new White House offensive against critics in advance of the September Eleventh anniversary.

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