Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, today:
Q: What planning, if any, has the Pentagon been undertaken for the possibility of military action involving Iran? And has the nuclear strike option been ruled out?
RUMSFELD: You know, someone comes up with an idea, runs it in a magazine or a paper; other papers pick it up and reprint it; editorialists, then, say, Oh, Henny Penny, the sky is falling, and opine on this and opine that.
…But it is just simply not useful to get into fantasyland.
Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 9/22/02:
Q: Sources say the President has a war plan on his desk about attacking Iraq? What types of options were provided to the President?
Rumsfeld: Of course I could and I won’t. I must say I find the people that are talking to the media about war plans are so far out of line and so disgracefully misbehaving that I find it stunning and a weak effort.
First of all I can tell you that anyone who knows anything isn’t talking and anyone with any sense isn’t talking therefore the people that are talking to the media by definition people who don’t know anything and people who don’t have a hell of a lot of sense.
According to Bob Woodward’s book, “Plan of Attack,” intense war planning for Iraq began in December 2001.