U.S. President George Bush has defended the U.S. war on terror and his administration's efforts to keep pressure on terrorists.

Mr. Bush Wednesday addressed the same veterans group that U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain addressed in the southeastern state of Florida earlier this week.

The president touted his administration's efforts to boost support for veterans, modernize the military and unify the intelligence community to combat terrorism.

Mr. Bush told the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention that the United States must not treat terrorism simply as a law enforcement matter.  Instead, he said, the country must use all assets of national power to hunt terrorists in order to keep Americans safe.

The president pointed out that after the 1993 World Trade Center attack, law officers arrested, prosecuted and jailed several people responsible.  But he said eight years later, al-Qaida returned to finish the job, referring to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.