WASHINGTON -- Fighting back tears, President Bush vowed Thursday that America would "lead the world to victory" over terrorism in a struggle he termed the first war of the 21st century.
"There is a quiet anger in America," Bush said, adding he would travel Friday to New York, site of the World Trade Center twin towers obliterated in fearsome attacks earlier in the week.
Bush spoke as officials said 4,763 people were unaccounted for in New York, where terrorists on Tuesday flew hijacked jetliners full of fuel into first one tower and then the other. The death toll was likely to reach 190 at the Pentagon, which took a similar hit.
The nation's anger rising as the death count climbed, Congress hastened to vote $20 billion as a first installment on recovery and anti-terrorism efforts. There also was discussion about passage of legislation authorizing a military response to the attacks, although administration officials made clear they believed the president already had the authority he needed.
Officials have said evidence points to Saudi expatriate Osama bin Laden as the mastermind behind the attacks.
One senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some of the options under consideration by Bush would go beyond the low-risk unmanned cruise missile strikes that have been deployed in past anti-terrorist operations. Among them: bombings from manned aircraft and the deployment of special troops on the ground.
The official said Bush had made no decision because investigators are still trying to determine with "as much certainty as possible" who carried out the attacks and what country, if any, harbored them.
"My resolve is steady and strong about winning this war that has been declared on America," the president said. "It's a new kind of war. ... This government will adjust and this government will call other governments to join us."
He spoke first in a telephone conference call with New York Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, then later answered questions from reporters.
"We have just seen the first war of the 21st century," he said. He said he had consulted a broad range of foreign leaders, had found "universal support" for the United States and expected there would be backing for whatever retaliation he ordered. "I'm pleased with the outpouring of support -- Jiang Zemin, Vladimir Putin," he said, referring to the leaders of China and Russia.
His eyes were red and wet as he ended his news conference, his head and hands trembling slightly as he made his remarks.
His eyes still moist, Bush walked a few minutes later into Washington Hospital Center with the first lady to visit victims. Mrs. Bush held her husband's right arm.
He also said pointedly the United States had been in diplomatic contact with Pakistan, and wanted to give the government there an opportunity to cooperate. Pakistan has close ties with the government of Afghanistan, which harbors bin Laden, a suspect in Tuesday's fearsome attacks.
In later comments to reporters, Bush said firmly, "Now that war has been declared on us, we will lead the world to victory. Victory."
In New York, Giuliani said the city had 30,000 body bags available to hold the pieces taken from the rubble, and parts of 70 bodies had been recovered. There were just 94 confirmed dead; 30 or fewer had been identified.
"Let's just say there was a steady stream of body bags coming out all night," said Dr. Todd Wider, a surgeon who was working at a triage center. "That and lots and lots of body parts."
Search teams had recovered about 70 bodies by morning from the wreckage at the Pentagon, said Jerry Roussillon, deputy fire and rescue chief for Fairfax County, Va. "We're making inroads into the impact area foot by foot now," he said. The teams were pulled back from the rubble by a bomb threat made by telephone near dawn, but the threat apparently came to nothing and work resumed.
Bush started work in the Oval Office at 7:10 a.m. Thursday with another round of calls to world leaders as part of his effort to build a multinational coalition. Leaders of Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia and NATO "have all said they will stand together with the United States to combat terrorism," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said.
He would not say what exactly Bush asked of his counterparts. The president had also talked to a half dozen leaders Wednesday.
Congressional leaders spoke of a strong and sustained -- if unspecified -- response to terrorism.
"I believe it may take a lot of time, a lot of American treasure and perhaps some American blood," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on the morning talk shows. Similar expressions of unity and conviction came from Democrats.
"This is a national crisis," said House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo. He said political leaders were as unified now as they were after Congress voted to commit to the Gulf War.
Officials reaffirmed their belief that Osama bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire expatriate living in Afghanistan, is one prime suspect.
The thirst for revenge was apparent in Washington.
"I think everybody is so angry they want to hit somebody," Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Wednesday.
In all, terrorists commandeered four jetliners on Tuesday, flying two of them into the towering buildings in Manhattan and one into the Pentagon. The fourth -- possibly aiming for the White House -- crashed southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers apparently struggled with the hijackers.
Ashcroft and others described an extraordinary investigation. It stretched from the Canadian border, where officials suspect some of the hijackers entered the country, to Florida, where some of the participants are believed to have learned how to fly commercial jetliners before the attacks.
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