Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards
Wednesday disputed the contention that there is a "global war on
The former North Carolina senator says the war on terror is an
ideological doctrine advanced by the Bush administration that has
strained American military resources and emboldened terrorists.
Edwards calls the war on terror a "bumper sticker" slogan Bush has used to justify everything from abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison to the invasion of Iraq.
Edwards says the nation needs a new mission focused on
protecting Americans from 21st century threats. He says the policy
should --not-- be misused for what he calls "discredited