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Donald Rumsfeld: 'I Was Uncomfortable With The Word 'War' (VIDEO)

07/03/2013 01:03 pm ET | Updated Jul 03, 2013

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld revealed his disdain for the phrase "war on terror" during an interview with ABC News on Tuesday.

"I was uncomfortable with the word 'war', because it suggested that it was going to be one with bullets," Rumsfeld said, describing deliberations by former President George W. Bush's administration about what to call the operation mounted in response to 9/11.

"The enemy is not terror, the enemy is radicals," Rumsfeld added.

The United States military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan were both started as part of the broader war on terror.

Rumsfeld was the secretary of defense from 2001 to 2006.

Watch the clip of the interview above

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