President Bush is accusing his Iraq War critics of rewriting history and endangering U-S 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 U-S 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 -- quoting here -- "deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."