In Military Policy Speech, Edwards Calls 'War On Terror' Ideological Doctrine

New York (AP) -- Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards is dismissing the Bush Administration's "War on Terror" as ideological doctrine.

In a defense policy speech Edwards plans to deliver at the Council on Foreign Relations, he calls the "Global War on Terror" a "bumper sticker" slogan. He accuses the administration of using it to justify everything from abuses at Abu Ghraib prison to the invasion of Iraq. And Edwards says it has left the military exhausted, overworked and ill-prepared for future threats.

Edwards also says the "War on Terror" rhetoric has led the US "right into the trap" terrorists have set. He says it appears the u-s is engaged in a "kind of clash of civilizations and a war on Islam."

Edwards says leading the military out of what he describes as "the wreckage" left by poor civilian leadership will be the next president's most important duty.

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