|WASHINGTON, Sept. 14|
Congress OKs $40 billion in funds
Navy personnel work on a fighter jet aboard the USS Enterprise, which could be used for strikes against Osama bin Laden given that it is already in the Arabian Sea.
President Bush vows to "prevail against our enemies" in comments during Friday's Day of Prayer service at the National Cathedral.
Acting quickly and unanimously, the House joined the Senate Friday in approving $40 billion for recovery and retaliation against terrorism.
It was next moving to join the Senate in endorsing all necessary and appropriate force in what look like strikes against extremist Osama bin Laden.
President Bush, for his part, balanced religious faith and military retribution by leading a prayer service while authorizing the call-up of 50,000 reservists.
He later left for New York City.
The $40 billion package double what the president asked for is considered just a down payment to fund recovery efforts and a military buildup.
The Senate passed the package and a separate resolution of force earlier Friday.
The House was expected to vote on the resolution by early Saturday.
At the Pentagon, presidential orders to activate up to 50,000 National Guard and military reservists were received Friday.
The Pentagon said it would immediately call up 35,000 troops for what’s being called the homeland defense manning support positions across the country.
The United States has some 1.2 million National Guard and reservists.
Retired Gen. Norman Scwarzkopf, a key Gulf War commander, told NBC News that calling up these citizen soldiers was critical to build national support for a war. It didn’t happen during Vietnam, he noted, but did during the successful Gulf War. It is so, so important, he added.
FOCUS ON BIN LADEN
The Bush administration has concluded, based on overwhelming evidence, that the al-Qaeda organization run by Osama bin Laden executed the attacks in which U.S. jetliners were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, government sources told NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski.
Bin Laden, the exiled Saudi millionaire who has vowed to destroy the United States, lives and trains supporters in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon said U.S. retaliation for what are expected to be 5,000 or more deaths would be a sustained campaign, not a single action.
Two U.S. aircraft carriers in the Arabian Peninsula region are already within striking distance, each carrying 75 bombers capable of launching long-range missiles.
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