October 6, 2011
According to the document, former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said ahead of the 2001 US-led Afghan war that Washington should think more broadly instead of focusing on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
“If the war does not significantly change the world’s political map, the US will not achieve its aim,” the memo on US strategy, dated September 30, 2001, from Rumsfeld to former President George W. Bush read.
“There is value in being clear on the order of magnitude of the necessary change. The USG [US Government] should envision a goal along these lines: New regimes in Afghanistan and another key State (or two) that supports terrorism,” the memo added.
The National Security Archive posted this previously secret US documents on September 11, 2011 — a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks devastated New York and Washington.
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