ANNE MULDERRY, MOTHER OF STEPHEN MULDERRY WHO WAS KILLED IN 9/11, DISCUSSES THE WAR ON TERROR

09/12/06

The White House is defending the Iraq passage in last night's Nine-Eleven anniversary speech by President Bush. Democrats say that by defending the controversial war in his Oval Office address, the president exploited a day of mourning for political gain. However, Press Secretary Tony Snow says Bush had no choice but to mention Iraq, since he views it as central to the war on terror. If he hadn't, Snow says critics would have asked, "Is he hiding?" Snow adds the Iraq portion was only about a fifth of the speech, and most of the speech was was non-controversial. Bush insisted he was right to topple Saddam Hussein, even though the dictator was not involved in Nine-Eleven. Here are three excerpts from the President's speech last night. Tape ANNE MULDERRY (Kinderhook, NY) is a retired teacher, writer and editor. Her son Stephen, 33 years old, died with colleagues and friends gathered in a conference room in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The sixth of eight children, the fourth of five sons, he was a vice-president of Keefe, Bruyette, Woods. She has represented Peaceful Tomorrows at speaking events in Italy, in New York City, and in New Hampshire, in published essays, and on local and national radio and television. Anne currently lives in Kinderhook, a village 30 minutes south of Albany, where she continues to write. She is active in the group September Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows. She discussed the Bush administration's response to 9/11.

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