Today in a speech at the West Point Military Academy, President Bush further defended his legacy on national security, saying that the U.S. military is “stronger, more agile and better prepared” than it was in 2001. He also gave a “rare shout out to his former defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld, for leading the charge for a more nimble military”:
Finally, we are transforming our military for a new kind of war that we’re fighting now, and for wars of tomorrow. This transformation was a top priority for the enterprising leader who served as my first Secretary of Defense — Donald Rumsfeld. Today, because of his leadership and the leadership of Secretary Bob Gates, we have made our military better trained, better equipped, and better prepared to meet the threats facing America today, and tomorrow, and long in the future.