Excerpts from some of the memos sent out by then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld:
From 2002 to 2006 Mr Rumsfeld encouraged those working for him to develop “bumper sticker statements” to rally the public into supporting the war on Iraq.
He also stated in these notes, known as ‘snowflakes’, that Muslims avoid physical labor.
The memos revealed aides were urged to highlight the threat of terrorism from other surrounding countries to the American public.
After a conference call with military analysts, he wrote in one memo, “Talk about Somalia, the Philippines, etc. Make the American people realize they are surrounded in the world by violent extremists.”
In addition, Mr Rumsfeld was also keen to re-name terrorism fight as a “worldwide insurgency” and felt the UN and Europe misunderstood the threat of terrorism from other countries.
The goal of the enemy, he wrote, is to “end the state system, using terrorism, to drive the non-radicals from the world.”
He then advised aides “to test what the results could be” if the war on terrorism is renamed.