CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - While defending the war in Iraq on Independence Day, President Bush said that America is safer because Saddam Hussein is in a prison cell.
The Bush administration has come under increasing criticism after a staff report from the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks found little evidence of a collaboration between the ousted Iraqi leader and Osama bin-Laden's terrorist organization. Such a link was one of the administration's main justifications for invading Iraq.
Vice President Dick Cheney reaffirmed the administration's position in a speech last week in New Orleans, standing by his long-held assertions of connections between al-Qaida and Saddam.
Cheney said Saddam sent a brigadier general in the Iraqi intelligence service to Sudan to train al-Qaida in bomb-making and document forgery. Cheney said that Saddam was part of a terrorist threat that had gone largely unchecked before Bush's presidency.