Footnotes of an America United

   And there were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism.  Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not exactly denying a magazine report that he was furious when U.S. forces, on the first night of the Afghanistan air campaign, had Taliban leader Mohammad Omar in its sights and failed to fire on him, on the advice of lawyers.  

The report, in the new edition of the "New Yorker" magazine said Omar was in a motor caravan whose passengers took cover in a building outside Kabul.  But a military legal officer advised the U.S. central command against hitting the building.  So the vehicles were hit instead, according to the magazine, and Omar survived.  Asked to comment, Rumsfeld said only that it is impossible to know with certainty who is in a given place at a given time.  

The State Department agrees with New York Mayor Giuliani that those statements last week by Saudi Prince Alwaleed, tying the September 11th attacks to U.S. support of Israel were -- quote -- "highly objectionable."  Giuliani refused to accept Alwaleed's $10 million donation to New York.  

But Democrat Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia agrees with Alwaleed, and has now written to him that the U.S. policy in the Middle East -- quote -- "needs serious examination," end quote.  She told the prince she's disappointed in Giuliani, and then appealed to him for money for American blacks.  

ABC News, which the wearing of American flag lapel pins on the air, has now detected possible mischief in President Bush's campaign to get U.S. schoolchildren to contribute a dollar to a fund for Afghan children.  

Correspondent Michelle Norris reported on "World News Tonight" that -- quote -- "behind the scenes in the nation's schools, there are concerns that American children are being used in a propaganda campaign.  But school officials said they wouldn't dare air those concerns publicly, not when America appears to be swept up by symbolism," end quote. 

 And at National Public Radio, the senior foreign editor, Loren Jenkins, was asked by "The Chicago Tribune," if he knew of a U.S. commando unit in northern in Pakistan -- quote --  "what would you do?"

"You'd report it."  He added -- quote -- "I don't represent the government.  I represent history, information, what's happening."  Jenkins added that -- quote -- "in one form or another, the military," -- quote -- "never tell you the truth."