He asks, or complains, actually:
• With the growing lethality and availability of weapons, can we truly afford to believe that vicious extremists can somehow be appeased?
• Can we really continue to think that free countries can negotiate a separate peace with terrorists?
• Can we truly afford to pretend that the threats today are simply "law enforcement" problems rather than fundamentally different threats requiring fundamentally different approaches?
• Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that America — not the enemy — is the real source of the world's troubles?
The law enforcement remark is my fave -- given that it's the one approach that seems to have some effect.
Rumsfeld's point in this article, however, is that criticizing America is a Bad Thing.
No, Mr. Secretary. This is a democracy. Criticizing America is the Patriotic Thing. For it is only a sharp eye on our methods and motives that will see us through to a brighter future.