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Bush: 'Smoke Them Out'

Tuesday, 25 September 2001 12:00 AM

Bush chose a Rose Garden press meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to unleash some tough talk on how to capture Osama bin Laden and destroy the alleged terrorist network that he controls in Afghanistan.

"The mission is to rout terrorists, to find them and bring them to justice," Bush said. "Or, as I explained to the prime minister in Western terms, to smoke them out of their caves, to get them running so we can get them."

"The best way to do that," the president said "is to ask for the cooperation of citizens within Afghanistan who may be tired of having the Taliban in place, or tired of having Osama bin Laden, people from foreign soils, in their own land, willing to finance this repressive government."

Clearly buoyed by Saudi Arabia's decision Monday to break diplomatic relations with the Taliban, and the extraordinary commitment of support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bush told reporters he believed the Kabul regime is isolated.

"We say if you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist. That's pretty isolated, it seems like to me, " the president said.

"We're not into nation-building, we're focused on justice. And we're going to get justice. It's going to take a while, probably. But I'm a patient man. Nothing will diminish my will and my determination -- nothing."

In early afternoon, Bush went to the FBI building to get a briefing on the massive terrorist investigation. He continued his tough language there, telling FBI employees the United States was going to "hunt down" the "terrorists."

Since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a parade of leaders -- such as Prime Minister Koizumi, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and France's Jacques Chirac -- have come through the White House to commit support to what Bush calls the war on terrorism.

Japan has said it would share intelligence, send surveillance vessels to the Indian Ocean, and provide $40 million in humanitarian aide for refugees in Pakistan.

"We Japanese are ready to stand by the United States to fight terrorism," Koizumi said. "We must fight terrorism with a determination and a patience."

Asked about efforts to stabilize air travel, Bush said that Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta would present options to him on Tuesday. "We're looking at all options," he added.

He said he also asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to formulate plans to assist workers who have been displaced by the attacks.

"There is no consensus yet," Bush said. "There is a desire to work toward taking care of displaced workers. And both the Congress and the White House will be presenting options."

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