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Bush accuses Iraq critics of "rewriting history" and endangering troops

(Tobyhanna, PA-AP) November 11, 2005 - President Bush is accusing his Iraq War critics of rewriting history and endangering US troops.

In a Veterans Day speech at an Army depot in Pennsylvania, the president said Democrats and other critics who claim he manipulated pre-war intelligence to justify war are flinging "false charges."

He called them "baseless attacks" and said they send the wrong signal to US troops in Iraq, as well as an enemy bent on shaking America's will.

With recent polls showing a majority thinking the Iraq conflict was a mistake, Bush counter-attacked against critics who charge he misled the nation about Iraqi weapons programs.

Bush noted most lawmakers saw the same intelligence he did, and voted for war and other governments, plus the Clinton administration, considered Saddam Hussein a threat.

Bush says it's legitimate to criticize his conduct of the war, but it's "deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."

Posted 12:50pm by Bryce Mursch

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