Headlines in the news:
Sept. 15, 2001: President Bush says of bin Laden: “If he thinks he can hide and run from the United States and our allies, he will be sorely mistaken.” The President also says that U.S. troops will hunt down terrorists in a long, unrelenting war. The State
Department warns governments will be isolated if they tolerate or assist terrorist groups.
Paul Wolfowitz Suggests Striking Iraq Immediately; Bush Decides to Focus on Afghanistan First
The CIA Director Presents Bush and his Cabinet with Extensive Plan for Combating Terrorism Worldwide.
|Some attendees of the Camp David |
meeting on September15, 2001.
L to R: I. Lewis Libby,
John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney,
George Bush, Colin Powell,
Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz.
The US Congress adopts a joint resolution, the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), that determines that “the president is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
Congress also states that the “grave acts of violence” committed on the US “continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to [its] national security and foreign policy.”
Members of the bin Laden family and Saudi royalty quietly depart the US.