WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid new worries about Osama bin Laden, dire attack warnings and Democratic accusations of a whitewash, President Bush aimed to reassure Americans that his administration had a "productive week" in the war against terror.
"We're committed to defending the nation," Bush said in his weekly radio address Saturday. "Our war against terrorists and their supporters is advancing on all fronts."
"This was a productive week in the war against terror, both at home and abroad," he said.
The president cited a breakthrough agreement in Congress this week to approve his request for a Homeland Security Department. In the new agency, he promised, "we'll have good people, well-organized and well-equipped, working day and night to oppose the serious dangers of our time."
Bush also restated how many nations -- 90 -- he has gathered into the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism and how much of terrorist network assets -- $113 million -- the United States and its partners have frozen. And he noted that American advisers are training counterterrorism units in the Philippines, Yemen and Georgia.
"We have captured and interrogated thousands of terrorists, while others have met their fate in caves and mountains in Afghanistan," the president said.
He did not mention bin Laden, whose survival and whereabouts resurfaced as an issue last week with the broadcast of a new audiotape attributed to the accused terrorist mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Instead, he focused on Iraq's Saddam Hussein, who agreed this week to give U.N. weapons inspectors full information and access to his suspected weapons programs.
"Our goal is not merely the return of inspectors to Iraq; our goal is the disarmament of Iraq," Bush said.
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