President George W. Bush evasive on evidence against Osama bin Laden
Excerpts from THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 19, 2001 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND PRESIDENT MEGAWATI OF INDONESIA IN A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY The Oval Office
(Excerpts) Can I follow on one point? Do you to your mind have irrefutable evidence that links al Qaeda, and specifically Osama bin Laden to these attacks? PRESIDENT BUSH: When we take action, we will take action because we believe -- because we know we'll be on the right. And I want to remind people that there have been terrorist activities on America in the past, as well. And there has been -- indictments have been handed down.This is a war not against a specific individual, nor will it be a war against solely one organization. It is a war against terrorist activities. Our nation must do everything we can to protect the homeland, and we are. The Attorney General briefs on a daily basis, as the Director of the FBI, talking about what we're doing to do the best we can to protect the American people from any further activity. But the best way to make sure that America is safe, the people of Indonesia are safe, is to find terrorism at its roots and to root it out, to get them out of their caves and get them moving, cut off their finances, and hold them accountable.