Footnotes of an America United

There were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism.  

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on CNN on Sunday that -- quote -- "I wish the Bush administration had finished the job in the Gulf War, which is a lesson about what we're doing now is to make sure that we actually complete what we begin."

"National Review Online" though, has turned up a "Washington Post" story from 1991, the height of the Gulf War -- quote -- "Albright believes that sanctions can work if they're given a chance to.  She opposes going to war.  She believes that the Gulf crisis has become much too personalized between George Bush and Saddam Hussein."

The Immigration and Naturalization Service is denying it was lax in granting a tourist visa to the suspected terrorist ringleader, Mohamed Atta, who got into the U.S. on a tourist visa, even though he was taking flying lessons and should therefore have had a student visa.  In addition, Atta had overstayed an earlier visa.

But the INS says that Atta had a valid visitors visa, and was therefore eligible for entry since he had applied to change to a student visa.  The statement said the INS knew nothing to link Atta to terrorism.

The mayor of Berkeley, California, is trying to get the city council to reconsider the resolution it passed last week calling for an end to the bombing in Afghanistan as soon as possible.  Mayor Shirley Deans says she's -- quote -- "extremely worried" about a possible boycott of city businesses, after she received some 850 e-mails on the issue, with the vast majority denouncing the council action as, in effect, treasonous.

She e-mailed three of the five council members who voted for the resolution, hoping to get two to switch.  So far, no takers.

Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is in bad odor with her New York colleagues for her apologetic letter to that Saudi prince, in which she took his side in the dispute with New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  The Saudi Prince Alwaleed, you'll recall, gave New York $10 million, but coupled it with the suggestion that U.S. support of Israel was partly responsible for the September 11th atrocities.

Giuliani threw the money back in Alwaleed's face.  McKinney's apology ensued, and now fellow Democrat Charlie Rangel called her letter -- quote -- "very embarrassing," and Democrat Gary Ackerman said she wants -- quote -- "us to be on the side of Usama bin Laden and Muammar Qadhafi, instead of Israel," end quote.