The White House will mark this Friday’s first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a week-long media blitz arguing that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was essential to combating global terrorism and making the United States safer. The message is crucial to President Bush’s reelection campaign, which has tried to shift the focus of the race from troublesome issues such as the economy to his biggest strength in polls — his handling of the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Bush’s presumed opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), is responding with events this week focusing on troops and veterans in West Virginia and other battleground states. Kerry will say that Bush has shortchanged soldiers and their families in a time of war. Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, who lost his bid for the Democratic nomination, will speak for Kerry in Ohio. Full Story
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