Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Bush Defends His Decision to Invade Iraq

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Bush Defends His Decision to Invade Iraq

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Seeking to dent criticism that the war in Iraq has detracted from the broader war on terrorism, President Bush said Monday that toppling Saddam Hussein was a crucial factor in making America and the world safer than they were three years ago.

In a speech in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he reviewed nuclear materials given up by a newly cooperative Libya, the president defended his administration's conduct of the war on terror, and said it would continue to take two courses: preemptive action, as against Iraq, when necessary, and increased cooperation with allies to rein in the foreign terrorist threat.

Emphasizing the safety of Americans, Mr. Bush listed examples of how cooperation with nations like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is reaping benefits for the US. But he gave no apology for a war that mounting evidence shows was based in part on faulty intelligence, saying: "We must confront serious dangers before they fully materialize."

He detailed what he sees as the benefits of ridding the world of Mr. …

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