Has the War in Iraq Made America Safer?

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Senator Kerry has taken aim at President Bush's strongest issue by claiming the war in Iraq and subsequent chaos have made America "less secure." Calling that just another flip-flop, Bush claims America is better off with Saddam Hussein out of power and Iraq being rebuilt and democratized. When the President first asked the UN to back the Iraq invasion, his argument was based on alleged weapons of mass destruction. Yesterday, he told them the war was part of a campaign to promote democracy and human dignity around the world. Is Iraq a distraction from the war on terror or crucial to its long-term success? Does the US still have the resources to deal with other threats? What will Kerry's change of focus mean between now and November? Warren Olney speaks with journalists, experts in foreign policy and national security, and members of the Bush and Kerry campaigns.
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AP feature on US, Allawi stance on women prisoners in Iraq

President Bush's remarks to UN yesterday

New York Times article on Kerry's criticism of President Bush and Iraq

Bush campaign

Kerry campaign

Los Angeles Times article on US probe of alleged abuse of Afghans



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