There is (in fact) a good amount of speculation here about grammar, headlines, insinuation and what my dad used to call "maybe...if". That is all "well and good" (enough)... maybe.
Insight might be gained into the "deeper meaning" of the headlines, sarcasm (Onion, was it?) to review the events of the day as well as the one before.
Rumsfeld reported 2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon Budget on the day before: September 10th. On September 11th the Pentagon was INDEED hit... in the financial office. This might be a good reason to either bury news of this on page 14 (deliberately, if in fact, it was really done) or (Onion) sarcastically. For some folks, "connecting the dots" is not easy at all in the case of things with which they are not familiar or areas which may not be their expertise.
Following the link sends me to a Newsweek article, from early October, 2001. It's an interview with Onion writer who says they took a week off from writing ANYTHING. He is listing things they thought they WOULDN'T be able to write, because ANY sarcasm just wouldn't have been "fitting".
How differently these things are viewed today.