December 9, 2006: Rumsfeld says farewell to troops in Iraq (AP)

  • “We feel great urgency to protect the American people from another 9/11 or a 9/11 times two or three. At the same time, we need to have the patience to see this task through to success. The consequences of failure are unacceptable,” he was quoted as saying on the Department of Defense Web site. “The enemy must be defeated.”