- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2001

O.J.'s script
"Describing [Osama] bin Laden as 'a victim of his own reputation,' the Taliban leader [Mullah Mohammed Omar] asked the United States to 'catch those responsible for the attacks.'"
UPI wire story

Speaks for himself
Four weeks before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe strolled into the U.S. military arena and demanded that the U.S. Navy withdraw immediately from its Vieques island training grounds off Puerto Rico.
Not withdraw in May 2003, as President Bush pledged would happen after the Pentagon found a suitable replacement site for its vital training, withdraw immediately, Mr. McAuliffe insisted.
To be certain he was heard, the DNC chairman handpicked by President and Mrs. Clinton earlier this year to lead the party, and who uses Mr. Clinton to raise money for the DNC's ongoing fight against President Bush flew to Puerto Rico and all but started the Navy evacuation.
Despite such a show of force, it was the more experienced members of Mr. McAuliffe's own Democratic Party who denounced their chairman for interfering in U.S. military policy.
Sen. Max Cleland, the Georgia Democrat who volunteered for Army duty in Vietnam, only to lose both legs and one arm in a grenade explosion, said Mr. McAuliffe doesn't understand it's a "military-preparedness issue."
Even Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said his party's national chairman was wading in unfamiliar waters.
"We can't afford to send our men and women into harm's way without the proper training," observed Mr. Reyes, his words ringing so true today as the Navy steams into foreign waters to track down the masterminds of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
A request yesterday to interview Mr. McAuliffe to learn if his demands still stand, have been put on hold, or perhaps dropped was denied.

'Enough is enough'
Nobody on Capitol Hill, with the exception of the U.S. Capitol Police, has been busier than Florida Rep. C.W. Bill Young, chairman of a House Appropriations Committee, which, in the wake of last week's terrorism, has been appropriating unprecedented relief $20 billion alone to New York City.
This week, the 71-year-old Mr. Young who for nine years served as a member of the National Guard stood atop "ground zero," the former site of the World Trade Center in New York. He came to bring hundreds of satellite phones, to help improve communications as the massive rescue efforts continue.
"We watched the Marines killed in Beirut, in Lebanon," Mr. Young explained. "We watched Air Force personnel that lost their lives in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack. We saw the USS Cole attacked by terrorists. And now we've seen this, and this is enough. Enough is enough.
"We have to make a decision. Either we're going to fight back, or we're going to sit back there [in Washington] and absorb. My position is, we don't absorb any more, we fight back. And that's what we're doing."

In God We Trust
Eugene Hill, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Canada's University of New Brunswick, "respectfully sent" the following letter this week to Inside the Beltway. For the benefit of our readers, and in particular our nation's elected representatives, we reprint the Canadian's letter in its entirety:
"Please let me first express the deepest sympathy and heartfelt sadness at the incomprehensible tragedy of innocent deaths in the United States this past week. Following from that, we in this idiotic country of Canada in which I live have just witnessed a day of prayer and a government-sponsored service during the National Day of Mourning in which there was no public prayer.
"In the same context, this past week the courage of the people of the United States, and the return of the people of the United States to their spiritual roots, was remarkable and in my opinion so appropriate and characteristic.
"But there remains a great mystery how people and a country could for 40 years, through their attitudes and courts, do everything they could to get every reminder of God, no matter how small or insignificant, out of the public domain and out of public sight and then suddenly, in a very public and government-involved way, seek God?
"The ACLU aside, it does not seem possible to have it both ways and it is probably therefore very fortunate (for all of us, even in our everyday lives) that the Bible record shows God to be merciful, generous in overlooking our inconsistencies and faults, and ready to forgive."

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