20 June 2004
War on Terror Must Be "Global Effort," Frist Says
Senate majority leader discusses international
By Bridget Hunter
Washington File Staff Writer
Washington -- The war on terror must be a "global effort," and
success depends on involving the international community, according
to the U.S. Senate majority leader.
Senator Bill Frist, a Republican from Tennessee, spoke June 20
on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
The senator stated that "we need to continue to work with the
international community to make sure that the international community
puts appropriate pressure on the governments as well as the terrorists,
the entities, in order to rid us of this great scourge today."
Frist also discussed the Saudi response to the killing of American
Paul Johnson and the war on terror in general, observing that Saudi
Arabia is "stepping up" its efforts to counter terrorism and is
responding with "a new aggressiveness."
"We're getting good cooperation [from the Saudi government]," Frist
On the subject of cooperation from other members of the international
community, Frist was less positive. When questioned specifically
on the continued refusal of France and Germany to substantively
contribute to the efforts in Iraq, either through supplying troops
or funds, or by forgiving debt incurred by the former Iraqi regime,
the senator responded, "It is time for the international community
to step up and to aggressively ... come to the table in Iraq." Frist
added that that he would like to see a role for NATO in Iraq.
During the course of the interview, Frist also discussed several
domestic legislative issues, including the legal definition of
marriage and stem cell research.