Washington, D. C.
October 9, 2001
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
At approximately 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on October 7, 2001, on my orders, U.S. Armed
Forces began combat action in Afghanistan against Al Qaida terrorists and their
Taliban supporters. This military action is a part of our campaign against terrorism
and is designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations.
We are responding to the brutal September 11 attacks on our territory, our citizens,
and our way of life, and to the continuing threat of terrorist acts against
the United States and our friends and allies. This follows the deployment of
various combat-equipped and combat support forces to a number of locations in
the Central and Pacific Command areas of operations, as I reported to the Congress
on September 24, to prepare for the campaign to prevent and deter terrorism.
I have taken these actions pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct
U.S. foreign relations as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. It is not
possible to know at this time either the duration of combat operations or the
scope and dura-tion of the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces necessary to counter
the terrorist threat to the United States. As I have stated previously, it is
likely that the American campaign against terrorism will be lengthy. I will
direct such additional measures as necessary in exercise of our right to self-defense
and to protect U.S. citizens and interests.
I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed,
consistent with the War Powers Resolution and Public Law 107-40. Officials of
my Administration and I have been communicating regularly with the leadership
and other members of Congress, and we will continue to do so. I appreciate the
continuing support of the Congress, including its enactment of Public Law 107-40,
in these actions to protect the security of the United States of America and
its citizens, civilian and military, here and abroad.