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Dear Mr. Speaker:

    In accordance with provisions of Public Law 107-38, the Emergency 
Supplemental Appropriations Act for Recovery from and Response to 
Terrorist Attacks on the United States, FY 2001, today I have authorized 
transfers from the Emergency Response Fund totaling $902 million for 
emergency recovery and response and national security activities listed 
in the enclosed letter from the Deputy Director of the Office of 
Management and Budget. As provided in Public Law 107-38, $900 million of 
these funds will be made available to agencies 15 days from the date of 
this transmittal and $2.3 million will be made available to the 
Department of the Treasury immediately.
    These funds are in addition to the $8.8 billion that I previously 
authorized for transfer and will allow our Government to continue to 
address the consequences arising from the terrorist attacks of September 
11, 2001.
    I urge the Congress to enact without delay the $20 billion in 
critical defense and domestic needs that I requested on October 17th. My 
Administration does not intend to seek additional supplemental funding 
for either domestic or defense needs for the remainder of this session 
of Congress.

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    The details of these actions are set forth in the enclosed letter 
from the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I 
concur with his comments and observations.
                                                George W. Bush

Note: An original was not available for verification of the content of 
this letter.

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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
Satellite Remarks to the Central European Counterterrorism Conference

November 6, 2001

    Well, thank you very much, Mr. President. It is a real pleasure to 
be back in Warsaw, this time by telecast. I had a wonderful visit to the 
region in June, and I know I'm among friends today.
    I thank all the nations of Central and Eastern Europe at this 
conference. You are our partners in the fight against terrorism, and we 
share an important moment in history.
    For more than 50 years, the peoples of your region suffered under 
repressive ideologies that tried to trample human dignity. Today, our 
freedom is threatened once again. Like the Fascists and totalitarians 
before them, these terrorists--Al Qaida, the Taliban regime that 
supports them, and other terror groups across our world--try to impose 
their radical views through threats and violence. We see the same 
intolerance of dissent; the same mad, global ambitions; the same brutal 
determination to control every life and all of life.
    We have seen the true nature of these terrorists in the nature of 
their attacks. They kill thousands of innocent people and then rejoice 
about it. They kill fellow Muslims, many of whom died in the World Trade 
Center that terrible morning, and then they gloat. They condone murder 
and claim to be doing so in the name of a peaceful religion.
    We have also seen the true nature of these terrorists in the nature 
of the regime they support in Afghanistan, and it's terrifying. Women 
are imprisoned in their homes and are denied access to basic health care 
and education. Food sent to help starving people is stolen by their 
leaders. The religious monuments of other faiths are destroyed. Children 
are forbidden to fly kites or sing songs or build snowmen. A girl of 7 
is beaten for wearing white shoes. Our enemies have brought only misery 
and terror to the people of Afghanistan, and now they are trying to 
export that terror throughout the world.

    Al Qaida operates in more than 60 nations, including some in Central 
and Eastern Europe. These terrorist groups seek to destabilize entire 
nations and regions. They are seeking chemical, biological, and nuclear 
weapons. Given the means, our enemies would be a threat to every nation 
and eventually to civilization, itself.

    So we're determined to fight this evil and fight until we're rid of 
it. We will not wait for more innocent deaths. We will not wait for the 
authors of mass murder to gain the weapons of mass destruction. We act 
now because we must lift this dark threat from our age and save 
generations to come.

    The people of my Nation are now fighting this war at home. We face a 
second wave of terrorist attacks in the form of deadly anthrax that has 
been sent through the U.S. mail. Our people are responding to this new 
threat with alertness and calm. Our Government is responding to treat 
the sick, provide antibiotics to those who have been exposed, and track 
down the guilty, whether abroad or at home.

    And we fight abroad with our military, with the help of many 
nations, because the Taliban regime of Afghanistan refused to turn over 
the terrorists. And we're making good progress in a just cause. Our 
efforts are directed at terrorist and military targets because, unlike 
our enemies, we value human life. We do not target innocent people, and 
we grieve for the difficult times the Taliban have brought to the people 
of their own country.

    Our military is systematically pursuing its mission. We've destroyed 
many terrorist training camps. We have severed communication links. 
We're taking out air defenses, and now we're attacking the Taliban's 

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    I've seen some news reports that many Afghan citizens wish the 
Taliban had never allowed the Al Qaida terrorists into their country. I 
don't blame them. And I hope those citizens will help us locate the 
terrorists, because the sooner we find them, the better the people's 
lives will be. It may take a long time, but no matter how long it takes, 
those who killed thousands of Americans and citizens from over 80 other 
nations will be brought to justice, and the misuse of Afghanistan as a 
training ground for terror will end.
    As I've said from the start, this is a difficult struggle of 
uncertain duration. We hunt an enemy that hides in shadows and caves. We 
are at the beginning of our efforts in Afghanistan. And Afghanistan is 
the beginning of our efforts in the world. No group or nation should 
mistake America's intentions: We will not rest until terrorist groups of 
global reach have been found, have been stopped, and have been defeated. 
And this goal will not be achieved until all the world's nations stop 
harboring and supporting such terrorists within their borders.
    The defeat of terror requires an international coalition of 
unprecedented scope and cooperation. It demands the sincere, sustained 
actions of many nations against the network of terrorist cells and bases 
and funding. Later this week, at the United Nations, I will set out my 
vision of our common responsibilities in the war on terror. I will put 
every nation on notice that these duties involve more than sympathy or 
words. No nation can be neutral in this conflict, because no civilized 
nation can be secure in a world threatened by terror.
    I thank the many nations of Europe, including our NATO Allies, who 
have offered military help. I also thank the nations who are sharing 
intelligence and working to cut off terrorist financing. And I thank all 
of you for the important, practical work you are doing at this 
conference. The war against terrorism will be won only when we combine 
our strengths.
    We have a vast coalition that is uniting the world and increasingly 
isolating the terrorists, a coalition that includes many Arab and Muslim 
countries. I am encouraged by what their leaders are saying. The head of 
the 22-nation Arab League rejected the claims of the terrorist leader 
and said, he--Usama bin Laden--``doesn't speak in the names of Arabs and 
Muslims.'' Increasingly, it is clear that this is not just a matter 
between the United States and the terror network. As the Egyptian 
Foreign Minister said, ``There is a war between bin Laden and the whole 
world.'' All of us here today understand this: We do not fight against 
Islam; we fight against evil.
    I thank all of our coalition partners and all of you for your 
steadfast support. The last time I was in Warsaw, I talked of our shared 
vision of a Europe that is whole and free and at peace. I said, we are 
building a house of freedom whose doors are open to all of Europe's 
people and whose windows look out to global opportunities beyond. Now 
that vision has been challenged, but it will not change. With your help, 
our vision of peace and freedom will be realized. And with your help, we 
will defend the values we hold in common.
    Thank you for joining us. And may God bless you all.

Note: The President spoke by satellite at 7:10 a.m. from the Blue Room 
at the White House to the conference meeting in Warsaw, Poland. In his 
remarks, he referred to President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland; Arab 
League Secretary General Amr Moussa; Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al 
Qaida terrorist organization; and Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher of Egypt.

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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
Remarks Following Discussions With President Jacques Chirac of France 
and an Exchange With Reporters

November 6, 2001

    President Bush. Good morning. It's my honor to welcome our close 
friend and my personal friend back to Washington, DC. President Chirac, 
thank you for being here, sir. We've had a good discussion about our 
common efforts to fight terror. I thank the French people, the French 
Government for their strong support. And I appreciate your help on the 
military front, Mr. President.
    We recognize that our war against terror is more than just military 
action in Afghanistan, that we have an obligation to help feed the 
innocent people in Afghanistan, and that

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we've got to make sure that there is a post-Taliban government that 
reflects the values of both our countries. And so we had a good 
discussion and it's--I value the advice of the President. I value his 
friendship. And I'm so glad he came back to the country.
    Mr. President, welcome.
    President Chirac. Well, thank you, Mr. President. I must say, it's 
always a pleasure and a delight to be here and to be at your side. And I 
must say that I admire you. I admire your calm and your determination in 
the difficult circumstances that we have to face together.
    The ultimate responsibility of any political official, be he head of 
state or head of government, is to ensure the safety of his people. And 
that is exactly what President Bush is doing, what I am doing, what all 
our colleagues are doing. And to ensure the safety of the people, we 
have to use all the tools at our disposal, the domestic tools and also 
the international tools. And by ``international tool,'' of course, I 
refer to the eradication of the current terrorism.
    In this spirit, we talked about the military operations, about 
French support, about the political actions that we must take to 
establish in Afghanistan all the trappings of a modern state, and also 
the urgent need for humanitarian aid, both for refugees and all the 
people of Afghanistan. And also, we mentioned the crises across the 
world, crises that can fuel terrorism. And of course, by that I mean 
that we mentioned, amongst other things, the Middle East and the need 
for the peace process to be restored there.
    And on all these issues, I wanted to contribute a few thoughts in 
the general debate, and that is what I did. And I'd like to thank him 
for welcoming me here.
    President Bush. We'll take a couple of questions. I'll take two; the 
President's agreed to take two, starting with Mr. Fournier [Ron 
Fournier, Associated Press].

Al Qaida and Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Q. Sir, this morning you said that the terrorists--Al Qaida 
terrorists are seeking to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Can you 
tell us how close they are to getting a nuclear bomb, or even a bomb 
that would distribute deadly nuclear waste across the country?
    And to President Chirac, your government says about 2,000 of your 
troops will be involved in the U.S.-led effort. How many of those will 
be on the ground in Afghanistan?
    President Bush. This morning I did say that Usama bin Laden, Al 
Qaida were seeking to develop weaponry that--weapons of mass 
destruction. And the reason I said that is because I was using his own 
words. He announced that this was his intention. And I believe we need 
to take him seriously. We will do everything we can to make sure he does 
not acquire the means to deliver weapons of mass destruction. If he 
doesn't have them, we will work hard to make sure he doesn't; if he 
does, we'll make sure he doesn't deploy them. And that's why it is so 
important that we continue our search for Al Qaida in Afghanistan, to 
hunt them down, to get them on the run, and to bring them to justice.
    But this is an evil man that we're dealing with. And I wouldn't put 
it past him to develop evil weapons to try to harm civilization as we 
know it. And that's why our coalition is--that's why I work hard to keep 
our coalition bound together. And that's why we're going to keep 
relentless military pressure on him in Afghanistan. And that's why we 
must prevail. That's why we must win.
    And I told my friend the President, there's no doubt in my mind we 
will win.
    The question to Mr. Chirac.

France's Role in the War on Terrorism

    President Chirac. I didn't say that France was ready to put 2,000 
men at the disposal of the military operation; on the contrary, I said 
that we already had 2,000 men of all three forces involved in the 
    President Bush. Question from the French press. No, only one 
question, Mr. Fournier. This is the old two-question trick; you say 
you've got one question, and he has two questions.
    Would you call on somebody from your press?

Future of Afghanistan

    Q. We are--I'll ask the question in French, a question that is 
directed to both Presidents. And we are already involved in

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the military phase. Have we already--have you already started thinking 
about the political phase and the possible increased involvement of the 
U.N. for the future in that phase?
    President Chirac. Of course we have mentioned all this. And I must 
say that the military aspect is necessary, yes, but there are other 
aspects. And the U.S. and its allies are currently making efforts to 
speed up the political process and the quest for a political settlement 
in Afghanistan. And in this respect, we do support Mr. Brahimi and what 
he is doing. We are all also involved in increasing and stepping up the 
humanitarian aid, and we mentioned that this morning.
    We spoke about all these issues because they are all closely 
intertwined, as are other issues that haven't yet been mentioned in 
front of you ladies and gentlemen: for instance, the financing of the 
fight against terrorism, or financial measures to fight against 
terrorism; and also the havens that are offered to terrorists in some 
countries because of national legislation; and also the fight against 
the opportunities that our democratic societies give these terrorists.
    President Bush. Yes, I have nothing more to add to that. I'm in 
agreement with what the President said.
    Patsy [Patricia Wilson, Reuters].

Nature of the Coalition

    Q. Mr. President, you said this morning that you wanted more than 
sympathy or words from other countries. What nations were you 

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