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B8 • THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON To some, Bush's call to action against Iraq is a bad change of subject By CALVIN WOODWARD ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — It's all about the war on terrorism. Only now, it's also about Iraq. A year of preoccupation with al-Qaida has given way to a balancing act that tests the laws of politics, if not physics. Can two things be the most important thing at the same time? The government is trying to be single- minded about both. As a practical matter, U.S. armed forces are equipped to fight a full-scale war on one front, which Iraq might become, while looking after hotspots here and there, like Afghanistan and various pockets where al-Qaida might pose a threat. Yet parallel super-struggles are bound to tax intelligence capabilities and have already complicated diplomacy. Even the windup to a possible Iraq war has risked alienating allies in the campaign against terrorism. Americans, who have been told there is nothing more urgent than the need to put down terrorism, will see a different imperative at work when bombers are over Baghdad. "The war on terrorism has lost its focus," Brookings Institution scholars Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay lament in a retrospective that credited President Bush with six months of intense focus before some drift. The administration seems to think "Iraq has replaced al-Qaida as the dominant threat." Bush and his aides do not see it that way. They cast both as part of a larger evil that must be fought in different ways, but as a whole. They also allege that direct, if unspecified, ties exist between al- Qaida and Iraqi President Sad- dam Hussein but stop well short of blaming Sept. 11 on him. Instead, they hold out the terror attacks as a lesson in the value of pre-emptive action against anyone who might do America harm. "We've had Sept. 11 to demonstrate to us with great clarity what happens if you don't act," said Condoleezza Rice, Bush's national security adviser. In Iraq's case, that means stopping Saddam before he has a nuclear or other highly destructive weapon that he could use against the United States. Madeleine Albright, who was President Clinton's secretary of state, praised Bush's speech to the United Nations in which he laid out the case against Iraq. Yet the address struck her as changing the subject. "As evil as Saddam is, he is not the reason anti-aircraft guns ring the capital, civil liberties are being compromised, a Department of Homeland Security is being created and the Gettysburg Address again seems directly relevant to our lives," she wrote in newspaper opinion pages. "We cannot fight a second monumental struggle without distracting from the first." Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an authority on presidential rhetoric at the University of Pennsylvania, said Bush is being consistent in a broad sense because he has talked since the attacks about the necessity of confronting evil and stopping it before America is again harmed. He has yet to nail the argument that Iraq is close to being able to attack America or supply terrorists with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons capable of reaching U.S. shores, she said. "If we are in imminent danger of an attack, then you could argue that constitutes terrorism," she said. "The problem for Bush is establishing the immediacy and imminence of the threat." To be sure, other presidents have had to walk and chew gum at the same time. Historians note Richard Nixon mediated Mideast peace and juggled Cold War complexities even as impeachment hounds snapped at his heels. Lyndon Johnson plugged away at civil rights even while haunted by the mounting Vietnam War body count. A thoroughly motivated and militarized United States took on Germany and Japan at once in World War II. Bush made clear the defining mission of his presidency two days after the attacks on New York and Washington. "Now is an opportunity to do generations a favor by coming together and whipping terrorism, hunting it down, finding it and holding them accountable," he said. "The nation must understand, this is now the focus of my administration. "We will be very much engaged in domestic policy, of course. I look forward to working with Congress on a variety of issues. But now that war has been declared on us, we will lead the world to victory." By January the subject was, if not changing, then evolving. He characterized North Korea, Iran and Iraq as an "axis of evil." None was strongly associated with the hijackers of Sept. 11 but they showed something else was also on his mind. 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Lawmakers q Sept. 11 intelligence uestion By KEN GUGGENHEIM ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A congressional investigator said she does not know whether the Sept. 11 attacks could have been prevented even if intelligence agencies had responded better to dozens of warnings of possible attacks. Some lawmakers do not have many doubts. "Given the events and signals of the preceding decade, the intelligence community could have and in my judgment should have anticipated an attack on U.S. soil on the scale of 9/11," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Rockefeller and other members of the House and Senate intelligence committees were told Wednesday that intelligence agencies had many more warnings of possible terrorist attacks than were previously disclosed in public. Some involved targets on U.S. soil. At least a dozen warnings going back to the mid-1990s suggested airplanes could be used as weapons. Eleanor Hill, staff director for committees' joint investigation into the attacks, told lawmakers .the reports were generally vague and uncorroborated. None specifically predicted the Sept. 11 attacks. But collectively, the reports "reiterated a consistent and critically important theme: Osama bin Laden's intent to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States," Hill said at the committees' first public hearing on the attacks. Despite that, authorities did not alert the public and did little to "harden the homeland" against an assault, she said. Agencies believed any attack was more likely to take place overseas. Pressed by Rep. Ray Lahood, R- 111., about whether agencies had enough information to have prevented the attacks, Hill said it was possible, but there were no guarantees. There are too many questions, she said. Could the plot have been uncovered? What would happen if they had identified some of the hijackers? What if they were able to listen in their conversations? 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Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute used amplified lymphocytes — the body's white blood cells — to attack melanoma tumors in 13 patients. Ten of those patients are still alive, four are "virtually cancer free" and two others have experienced "substantial" shrinkage of their tumors, Rosenberg said. Rosenberg, who has spent years developing ways to enlist the body's own immune cells to fight cancer, said his team has learned how to grow huge numbers of cancer-fighting cells within the patient, enough to overwhelm the tumors. "The major difficulty is to get enough immune cells to reacjt against the cancer," he said. In previous efforts, researchers were able, to prompt a small fraction of the immune cells injected into the body to attack the cancer and then only briefly 1 "We would end up with a half percent (of the total immune cells) and they are gone two weeks later," he said. "With th6 current approach, we can get 90 percent of the body's lymphocytes to react against the cancer." The research, to be published Friday in the electronic version,of the journal Science, was described as "an important advance" by others in the field. I > "This demonstrates something that has not been shown before iij therapy using immune cellsT- 1 said Dr. Cassian Yee, a researcher who has experimented with »$ similar technique at the Fred Hutchin,son Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Daschle criticizes Bush WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Bush has not yet completed a plan for invigorating the economy with new tax cuts, even as Democrats accuse him of ineffective leadership at a time of slow growth, a stock market downturn and growing unemployment. White House budget chief Mitchell Daniels said Wednesday that Bush is still looking for a tax- cutting proposal that would help revive the economy without worsening federal deficits. Casting doubt on whether Bush would have one before Congress departs for the No* vember elections, Daniels said lawmakers' schedule was also a factor. "The president is not into idle gestures," Daniels told reporters. "Maybe the greater reality is simply the shortness of time, and the crowded calendar" of other business Congress hopes to deal with in its remaining weeks. ; As part of a campaign by top Democrats to emphasize what they say has been Bush's mismanagement of the economy, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle delivered a speech saying Bush's record on the matter has been "atrocious." " While emphasizing Congress' cooperation with Bush in the war on terrorism and confronting Iraq-, Daschle, D-S.D., criticized Bush for "the lack of attention paid to the state of economic security" He also cited "a very unfortunate, some would say even tragic economic trend in this country.";Using a stack of poster-sized charts, Daschle cited statistics including 2 million lost jobs, jus'tl percent economic growth, a $4-,5 trillion loss in stock market values, and drops in the value of workers' retirement savings and in consumer confidence. 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