Abandoned and Chosen On the eighteenth, Jacques Chirac and Romano Prodi came to the White House for my last meeting with European union leaders. By then we were old friends, and I was glad to receive them one last time. Jacques thanked me for supporting the growth of the EU and transatlantic relations. I responded that we had managed three great questions well: the growth and expansion of the EU; the expansion of NATO and the new relationship with Russia; and the problems of the Balkans. To produce the fully packaged Apple II would require significant capital, so they considered selling the rights to a larger company. Jobs went to Al Alcorn and asked for the chance to pitch it to Atari鈥檚 management. He set up a meeting with the company鈥檚 president, Joe Keenan, who was a lot more conservative than Alcorn and Bushnell. 鈥淪teve goes in to pitch him, but Joe couldn鈥檛 stand him,鈥?Alcorn recalled. 鈥淗e didn鈥檛 appreciate Steve鈥檚 hygiene.鈥?Jobs was barefoot, and at one point put his feet up on a desk. 鈥淣ot only are we not going to buy this thing,鈥?Keenan shouted, 鈥渂ut get your feet off my desk!鈥?Alcorn recalled thinking, 鈥淥h, well. There goes that possibility.鈥? My national security team was unanimous in the belief that we should hit Saddam as soon as the Butler report was issued, to minimize the chances that Iraq could disperse its forces and protect its biological and chemical stocks. Tony Blair and his advisors agreed. The Anglo-American assault lasted four days, with 650 air sorties and 400 cruise missiles, all carefully targeted to hit military and national security targets and to minimize civilian casualties. After the attack we had no way to know how much of the proscribed material had been destroyed, but Iraqs ability to produce and deploy dangerous weapons had plainly been reduced. 亚洲高清自有码中文字 For the time being, Gates and Jobs forged a bond. That summer they went to a conference hosted by the industry analyst Ben Rosen at a Playboy Club retreat in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where nobody knew about the graphical interfaces that Apple was developing. 鈥淓verybody was acting like the IBM PC was everything, which was nice, but Steve and I were kind of smiling that, hey, we鈥檝e got something,鈥?Gates recalled. 鈥淎nd he鈥檚 kind of leaking, but nobody actually caught on.鈥?Gates became a regular at Apple retreats. 鈥淚 went to every luau,鈥?said Gates. 鈥淚 was part of the crew.鈥? On the sixteenth, the day before my deposition, Tripp arranged to meet Lewinsky again at the hotel. This time Monica was greeted by FBI agents and attorneys who took her to a hotel room, questioned her for several hours, and discouraged her from calling a lawyer. One of Starrs lawyers told her she should cooperate if she wanted to avoid going to jail and offered her an immunity deal that expired at midnight. Lewinsky was also pressured to wear a wire to secretly tape conversations with people involved in the alleged cover-up. Finally, Monica was able to call her mother, who contacted her father, from whom she had long been divorced. He got in touch with a lawyer, William Ginsburg, who advised her not to accept the immunity deal until he learned more about the case, and who blasted Starr for holding his client for eight or nine hours without an attorney and for pressuring her to wear a wire to entrap others. I also announced that with the budget just enacted, there would be enough money to pay $600 billion of the debt down over four years, and if we stayed on the present course, we would be debt-free by 2010, freeing up twelve cents of every tax dollar for tax cuts or new investments. Because of our fiscal responsibility, long-term interest rates were now, after all the growth, 2 percent lower than when I took office, reducing the costs of mortgages, car payments, business loans, and student loans. The low interest rates had put more money in peoples pockets than tax cuts would have. Late in June, at the annual Gore family conference in Nashville, I called for an expansion of the family leave law to allow people to take up to twenty-four hours a year, or three more workdays, to attend parent-teacher conferences at their childrens school or to take their children, or a spouse, or their parents for routine medical care.