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While President Bush spent much of his two terms dealing with the aftermath of nine elevenths it has also been a major focus of the Obama administration.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry looks at the similarities.
And the differences on how the two men have prosecuted the war on terror.
Two presidents to first ladies one message.
I pray that our heavenly father.
May assuage the anguish have your bereavement.
Is our refuge.
-- -- The very present help.
But amid the images of unity they're still a sharp debate over how both men have prosecuted the war on terror.
Republican John McCain largely defended the bush administration's policies but noted there were also low moments.
Abu Ghraib and the torture of prisoners -- hurt us a great deal and did provide a propaganda tool for.
Our enemy including al-Qaeda and I regret that but I also think that many of the things that we did achieve.
We're very laudable.
The current president's top counterterrorism advisor however.
Acknowledge those achievements came in part because the Obama administration.
Has kept many policies candidate Obama railed against.
Renewing the terrorist surveillance program embracing indefinite detention of terror suspects and invoking the state secrets privilege.
Well there's certain aspects and foundations of our counterterrorism program has been -- -- -- and that has continued for the last administration to this administration.
There also are some significant differences that we -- trying to pursue such as the closure of Guantanamo.
The president has not.
Followed through on that -- to shut down Guantanamo.
But He has outlawed the use of torture and told NBC news -- policies have made America safer.
And al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat but we've taken out.
Huge chunks of their senior leadership.
Most prominently have a -- -- -- But McCain sharply criticized his former opponent over shrinking troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq there is no military person.
It doesn't believe we need a residual force in Iraq far in excess of the size that apparently is being planned.
What area not in dispute is the fact that America's role in the mideast has been changed for ever Senator McCain saying on FOX News Sunday that He believes because of American public opinion.
The US will not get involved another war in that region for many years to -- Ed Henry love and north lawn Ed thank you when we.
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