- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2001

Ridge's clout
Sen. John McCain was pleased to see Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge named to head a new office of "homeland security," but worries Mr. Ridge will not have enough authority to do what he needs to do.
"Tom Ridge has got to be given the authority to call up the director of the FBI or any other agency that's in his purview and say, 'Do this,' not ask, request," Mr. McCain said yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation."
The Arizona Republican said authority is the "thing people understand in this town, and that, I believe, must be given to Tom Ridge."
If this new post is "going to be a Cabinet-level job," he said, "let's approve it through the United States Senate and make it a Cabinet-level job."
Mr. McCain fears that Mr. Ridge will have about the same clout as the drug czar. "I admire the drug czar. I admire everybody who has been a drug czar. But the drug czar has not been as effective as the czar should have been because he didn't have the ability to give orders, only requests," the senator said.
Sen. Bob Graham, Florida Democrat, in an appearance on the same program, also urged that the position be made a "statutory office."

Festival of hate
"A congregation of faithful left-wing fundamentalists descended en masse at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [last] Monday night, to practice one of their most sacred rituals: spewing hatred for America," Michelle Oswell and Michael Burdei write at Front Page Magazine (www.frontpagemagazine.com).
"'If I were the President I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and the impoverished, and all the millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce that America's global interventions had come to an end,' preached William Blum, author of 'Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower.'
"'I would then reduce the military budget by at least 90 percent and I would use the savings to pay the reparations to our victims and to increase social services.'
"Nod, nod, nod clap, clap, clap responded the 700 faculty, students and community members in attendance," the writers said.
"'If one [of the perpetrators] is Osama bin Laden, send the international police for him and pick up Henry Kissinger and Augusto Pinochet on the way home,' declared Catherine Lutz, professor of anthropology.
"This recipe for national suicide received boisterous applause from the crowd, who continued to nod, smile, cough, clap everything but actually think. But none of that mattered at the moment. The crowd obviously liked what they heard," said Miss Oswell, a Ph.D student in Renaissance musicology at UNC, and Mr. Burdei, a political science major at the university and a staff writer for Carolina Review.
"The UNC Progressive Faculty Network sponsored this 'teach-in' on September 17, titled 'Understanding the Attack on America: an Alternative View.' It provided neither an understanding of the attack nor any surprising sentiments from the left: just the same, tired rhetoric that campus leftists have been spouting for years.
"The panelists stepped forward with one anti-American libel after another, almost as if there were a competition among them to see who could hate our country the most."

Outrage in Carolina
Rheta Burton, chairman of the College Republicans at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, denounced the UNC professors who, as she put it, "sought to denigrate and demoralize our armed forces and nation."
The professors made denigrating remarks about the United States last Monday at a forum called "Understanding the Attack on America: An Alternative View."
"Obviously the university professors engaged in this activity feel no accountability and responsibility to the citizens of North Carolina and the many families whose loved ones will soon depart for points unknown across the world," Miss Burton said in a prepared statement.
She added: "I hope that members of the North Carolina General Assembly, Governor Mike Easley and North Carolina citizens will contact the university to voice their outrage over this conduct. We urge all North Carolinians to contact Chancellor James Moeser to voice their concerns about this matter. He can be reached at (919) 962-1365 or through e-mail at jmoeser@email.unc.edu."

Helms' advice
Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican, never hesitated to criticize the foreign policy of President Clinton, and he was asked, in an interview on CNN, if Democrats shouldn't have the same right, as President Bush prepares for a war against terrorism.
"If they have the facts to support it. I always did," said Mr. Helms, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Clinton years and is now its ranking Republican.
"The last thing we need is for any political sharpshooter to start firing around, pretending that he knows something he does not know," he said Saturday on "Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields."
Mr. Helms advised restraint by those having even a "legitimate criticism of the president and the administration," given the fact that "we are at war."
He recommends that they "go through the channels and meet with the president about it," rather than going first to the press. Mr. Bush, he said, is "available and he is very good about meeting with people with whom he does not agree."

Staying alive
As Sen. Jesse Helms prepares to retire after three decades in the U.S. Senate, he was asked by CNN's Robert Novak what he considers his greatest achievement.
"Staying alive, I suppose," said the North Carolina Republican, who has overcome some serious medical problems.
But then he pointed to a policy issue where he believes he is making some headway: namely, the high dues the United States pays to the United Nations.
"Now, I have not been the greatest advocate of the United Nations and I think we have needed, for a long time, to examine the percentage of the dues that are paid by the taxpayers of the United States," Mr. Helms said.
"Now, I went up there, and I got a cold shoulder at first. But then, they invited me to speak to the Security Council, and we had lunch together. Then, I had them back down in Washington for lunch, and so they agreed with that."
The bad news, Mr. Helms said, is that "they don't want to go any further, and we've got to balance the amount of money paid by the United States against what is not being paid by so many other countries."
Asked if he believes he has made a first step toward that goal, Mr. Helms said, "Yes, sir. I think it was a good step."

No interest
Former Sen. Bill Bradley, who ran for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination last year, apparently had no interest in listening to President Bush's address to Congress and the nation Thursday night.
One of our spies tells this column that at the time of Mr. Bush's speech, Mr. Bradley was spotted aboard Amtrak train No. 66 from Washington to Boston, presumably heading home to New Jersey. He could have listened to the speech on the radio, but none was in evidence.

Bigotry on parade
Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard University law professor who seems well on his way to personifying the word "extremist," denounced the selection of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge to lead the new office of homeland security. Why? Because Mr. Ridge is "a very conservative, religious Republican."
"That's not who we need. We need a brilliant, neutral, nonpartisan expert on terrorism. Not some politician who in effect happens to be also a very conservative, religious Republican," Mr. Dershowitz said Thursday night on PBS after President Bush's address to Congress and the nation.

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