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Missile strike strains fragile US-Pakistan tie

Terror figure's family has benign ties in US

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Japan cult may have used agent found in Sudan

Heightened security signals wariness of terror

Taliban report vow by Saudi tied to blasts

Arab League calls missile attacks "blatant violation"

Assets frozen
US targets terrorist wealth

Detainees speak
3 reportedly tell of embassy plot

Prepared to die
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Hardening Policy
US adopts Israeli tactics

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A hectic period that left a lasting skepticism

Vacation Redux
Clinton flies back to his haven on Vineyard

Afghans, Sudanese denounce attacks

US responses to terrorism

Saudi exile vows 'war' on US

Security levels raised across US

US calls terrorists' losses significant

Security at monument is tightened

Pakistan multinational staff says they feel threatened

Egypt says it not involved in strikes on Sudan

Sudanese mob British embassy in Khartoum

Reports dull success of strikes

Arab world enraged by attacks

Pakistan says missile didn't land on soil

Most Americans approve of Clinton's decision

More than 70 protest in Boston

Angry Sudanese storm embassy

Security tight in NY, Boston

US hits "terrorist facilities" in Afghanistan, Sudan

At home, timing of move appears suspect to some

Rapid retaliation departure for US

Allies back US strikes

With 2d address, a different Clinton

Friends register backing; foes, fury

The weapon
Tomahawk missiles' accuracy is improved

Religious zeal supplanting politics as motive

An attack project born amid turmoil

Quick, need rewrite! A vacation hiatus surprises press

Culture of cynicism makes comparisons to movie inevitable

The right response to terrorists

With 2d address, a different Clinton

Elusive Saudi main suspect in US bomb probe

The Air Strikes


The attack on Sudan

The attack on Afghanistan

Out Front
(Associated Press)

"Islamic Int'l" now in sights of a superpower

Prominent Arab militants from Afghanistan

Militancy has many names

From the CIA


President Clinton

Military leaders

Most approve of bombing of suspected terrorist sites

By Associated Press, 08/21/98

WASHINGTON - Most Americans approve of President Clinton's decision to bomb suspected terrorist sites overseas and reject the possibility that the military action was intended to turn public attention away from the Monica Lewinsky affair, polls suggest.

Support for the anti-terrorist strikes ran from 66 percent in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll to 80 percent in an ABC News poll. About half in an NBC News poll said the action was necessary; more than a third said they didn't know enough about it to have an opinion.

Two-thirds of those questioned by ABC say they trust Clinton to handle the U.S. response to terrorism. While most in the Gallup Poll approved of the bombing, a majority also thought it was legitimate for members of Congress to question the timing.

About 30 percent say they are suspicious about the timing of the attacks on sites in the Sudan and Afghanistan, according to the polls released today.

Those lingering doubts about the president's credibility come at a time when perceptions of his honesty and ethics are as low as they've ever been. His job approval ratings remain above 60 percent in most polls and a majority wants him to stay in office.

In two polls taken at midweek, a majority thought he obstructed justice in the Lewinsky investigation, and three-fourths of Americans in a midweek ABC News poll say they don't think he is trustworthy or has high moral standards.

A midweek CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll suggested the public was satisfied with the president's explanation of his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky Monday night, but thought he should have said, ``I'm sorry,'' and should not have criticized special prosecutor Kenneth Starr.

In several recent polls, those who viewed Clinton favorably slipped anywhere from 5 to 15 percentage points.

But the relationship between the perceptions of the public and private Clinton is unclear.

``What we haven't seen,'' said ABC News pollster Gary Langer,'' is a bridge between the two, that somehow this affects his work in office.''

A majority in the ABC News poll say Clinton understands the problems of average people and is a strong leader. Three-fourths of Americans say he has done a good job on the economy.

The ABC News phone survey of 510 adults taken Thursday night had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The Thursday night Gallup poll of 628 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points. The NBC poll, based on 503 interviews, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 points.

The president's pollster, Mark Penn, said overall poll numbers for Clinton remain generally strong.

``I think in evaluating the president's image, you have to look at all the qualities that make up that image,'' Penn said, ``how he cares about them, how they feel he understands their problems.''


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