In a speech at New York University, the US Democrat presidential candidate accused Mr Bush of "colossal failures of judgement".
He said that the president's decision to go to war against Iraq had distracted from a greater threat to the US - more &to=http://english.pravda.ru/letters/2001/09/12/14876.html' target=_blank>terrorist attacks - and created a crisis which could lead to an unending war.
The Bush campaign has accused &to=http://english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/98/387/12302_Kerry.html' target=_blank>Mr Kerry of inconsistency on Iraq and said a change in the middle of the war was not what the nation needed, informs BBC.
According to The Guardian, Mr Kerry called for the increased involvement of other countries in training Iraqi security forces and guarding the country's borders, in return for participation in its oil industry and reconstruction contracts. In that way, he argued, the US could begin withdrawing its forces by next summer, and "realistically aim to bring all our troops home within the next four years".
In turn, &to=http://english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/397/13432_Bush.html' target=_blank>the Bush campaign accused Mr Kerry of vacillation over Iraq.