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8 = The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 4, 1996
Dole supports
troops, attack


Sources differ on'
location of TWA
chemical traces


The Washington Post
Presidential ambition gave way to pre-
senting a united front during an over-
seas. crisis yesterday as Bob Dole exe-
cuted a calculated retreat from criticiz-
ing President Clinton for "weak leader-
ship" against Saddam Hussein.
After speaking by phone yesterday
morning with President Clinton about the
U.S: cruise-missile attack in Iraq, the
Republican presidential nominee said that
in "matters like this, all of us think, not as
Republicans or
Democrats, but as
Apericans. And If ther4
as Americans, we
wish our troops clear lass
success and safe-
At the begin-
ning of a "val- WIen ag
ues' speech to an -
American Legion
convention here, multiplies
Dole said he sup-
ports "our men
and women in GOP preside
uni form who
were sent on a
difficult mission above the skies of Iraq
.without hesitation or reservation."
Dole, however, did not completely
put-;aside his partisan needle. Wearing
his American Legion service cap and
speaking to a receptive crowd of about
6,000, Dole suggested that a lack of
resolve by the president had triggered
the flare-up of violence in Iraq.
"If there is one clear lesson of our
century it is this: When aggression is
tolerated it multiplies. I trust this (mis-
sile.attack) is the beginning of decisive
action to limit the power and arrogance
of Saddam Hussein. ... We must be
decisive in confronting this threat and
humbling this tyrant," Dole told the
Clinton spoke to Dole for five min-

utes to brief him on the U.S. military
response to the incursion of Iraqi troops
against the Kurds inside a United
Nations safe area. Hours before that call
and in response to news accounts, Dole
had released a statement saying he
wanted "the American people to know
that I stand four-square behind our men
and women in uniform."
Dole spokesperson Nelson Warfield
said "the president expressed his
appreciation for Senator Dole's strong

support of the
e Is one
ion of our
f'is this:
ed, it
- Bob Dole
ential nominee
aide denied Dole

troops" and Dole
assured the presi-
dent "he Vvould not
offer remarks
designed to offend
the president or
anyone else in
The White
House has com-
plained that Dole
in recent days has
violated an unwrit-
ten rule by criticiz-
ing the president in
the middle of a for-
eign-policy crisis.
A senior Dole
had done any such

Experts confused by
explosive traces dis-
covered more than
100 feet apart
SMITHTOWN, N.Y. - The only
two traces of chemicals use in plastic
explosives discovered on TWA' Flight
800 were found more than 100 feet
apart and in different parts of the 747
jumbo jet, a highly placed federal law
enforcement source said yesterday.
The source said the traces of the
explosive PETN were found on a floor-
board in the center passenger cabin and
traces of RDX were found on a flame-
retardant curtain that separates con-
tainerized and bulk cargo in the plane's
rear hold.
"These are the only two things," the
source said. About 40 percent of the
curtain, which hangs roughly under row
44 of the passenger cabin, has been
But another source, who is involved
in testing the wreckage for explosive
residue, reiterated yesterday that the
RDX was found in the area below
where the PETN sample was discov-
ered: near where the front of the wings
meets the fuselage.
The source said the the RDX was
found on what he was told is a canvas-
like material that lines the front cargo
hold, on the bulkhead that separates the
central fuel tank from the front ao
hold. This is the general area where the
front of the fuselage first broke off the
The location of the finds is important
because if the two chemicals are found
together, it would be more likely that
they were used together in a compound

such as the plastic explosive Semtex,
which terrorists used to bring down Pan
Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie,
Scotland, in December 1988.
Safety board officials declined to
comment on the discrepancy. The
National Transportation Safety Board
has never publicly given the location of
the any of the residues found on the
Inside the former Grumman plant at
Calverton, where portions of the plane
are being reassembled, investigators
prepared for new shipments of wreck-
age as salvage ships returned to the
crash site off the coast of Long Island
after a three-day layover in a New York
City port to protect them from the
threat of Hurricane Edouard.
By late yesterday afternoon, the
Navy ships had returned to the crash
site. Cmdr. Gordon Hume said Navy
officials hoped to find out by this
morning if the debris had been moved
underwater. If the debris in a 400-
square-yard debris field has shifted
because of storm currents, the Navy
will have to use underwater sonar to
locate the wreckage before divers can
go back down.
Meanwhile, at John E Kennedy
Airport yesterday, Rep. Peter King (R-
N.Y.) called on the Federal Aviation
Administration to beef up airport secu-0
rity by requiring airport security guards
to have law enforcement and/or mili-
tary training - and to pay for it with a
$10 or $15 surcharge on all airplane
In addition to the FAA, King called
on the airlines to voluntarily impose
tougher background and training
requirements for the employees who
would be responsible for all ramp,
cargo, baggage and passenger security

thing, insisting that criticism of the
president's leadership was made on
Sunday and Monday "in advance of the
Dole had said in Salt Lake City on
Monday evening - at an hour when it
was widely understood that the White
House was planning the missile attack
but before it was launched - that the
crisis in Iraq was a result of "weak lead-
ershin. We nrobably shouldn't have to
be doing what we're doing."
Asked about that statement, the aide
said Dole was not injecting partisanship
into an ongoing crisis.
"There is nothing that says in
advance of a crisis that a member of the
loyal opposition cannot discuss the

Presidential candidate Bob Dole speaks at an American Legion meeting yesterday
in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he voiced support for American troops in Iraq.

predicate that helped create the crisis.
Dole has behaved completely responsi-:
bly," the aide said.1
"Dole was making a larger foreign-
policy commentary on the failure of the
administration to deal with outlaw ;
states such as Syria, Libya, Iran and,+
yes, Iraq,' he added.
Dole told a National Guard audience
in Washington on Sunday that "Saddam
has been testing American leadership
and finding it lacking. We don't need to
analyze Saddam's actions. We need to
condemn them."

Explaining Dole's comments,
spokesperson Warfield said that "Bob
Dole among all people in public life has
shown his willingness, even at his own
political peril, to stand by the president
and our troops when a foreign-policy
decision is made and implemented."
During the presidential election race
in 1992, then-Sen. Dole chided candi-
date Clinton for partisan and inappro-
priate interference in foreign policy,
after Clinton criticized President
Bush's reluctance to act more firmly in

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