Bush says 'no debate' about his keeping US safe

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Carlisle, Pa. -- President George W. Bush, ever focused on his legacy, said Wednesday "there can be no debate" about his record of preventing another terrorist attack. Evoking harrowing memories of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush said virtually no one could have predicted back then that the country would not be hit again for the rest of his presidency.

"It's not a matter of luck," Bush said, defending his security policies.

Addressing a supportive military audience at the U.S. Army War College, Bush sought to shape how he will remembered after Barack Obama succeeds him on Jan. 20. Bush held little back in depicting his two terms as a time of transformational change, saying the world has "more people live in liberty than at any other time in human history."...

"While there's room for an honest and healthy debate about the decisions I made — and there's plenty of debate — there can be no debate about the results in keeping America safe," Bush said...

The president even made a rare mention of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader whose has escaped capture. Crediting the work of the U.S. military and the Iraqi people, Bush said, "We have delivered a devastating blow to al-Qaida in the land Osama bin Laden once called the central battleground in the war on terror."

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