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Bush: US is safer after war in Iraq

MAKING A CASE The US president defended his decision to attack Iraq, saying that intelligence failures were merely a side issue brought up by critics

AP , OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE

In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Vice President Dick Cheney accused his Democratic opponents of "trying to rewrite history for their own political purposes" when they criticize the Bush administration for going to war based on flawed prewar intelligence.

Kerry and his running mate John Edwards both reviewed the same reports on Iraq that were given to Bush and supported the decision to go to war, Cheney said.

"Now it seems they've both developed a convenient case of campaign amnesia," Cheney said. "If the president was right, and he was, then they are simply trying to rewrite history for their own political purposes."

Following the Senate panel's report, Kerry and Edwards called the CIA's work slipshod but declined to answer a hypothetical question of whether they would have voted against the congressional resolution authorizing force based on what they know now. They made the comment in an interview with The New York Times.

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