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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Condi Rice Spanks Bill Clinton

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged former President Clinton's claim that he did more than many of his conservative critics to pursue Usama bin Laden, and she accused President Bush's predecessor of leaving no comprehensive plan to fight Al Qaeda. "What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years," Rice said Monday during a meeting with editors and reporters at the New York Post. The newspaper published her comments Tuesday, after Clinton appeared on "FOX News Sunday" in a combative interview in which he defended his handling of the threat posed by bin Laden and said he "worked hard" to have the Al Qaeda leader killed.
"That's the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now," Clinton said in the interview. "They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try."
Rice disputed his assessment.
xxx "The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn't do that is just flatly false — and I think the 9/11 commission understood that," she said.
xxx Rice took exception to Clinton's statement that he "left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy" for incoming officials when he left office.
xxx "We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight Al Qaeda," she told the newspaper, which is owned by News Corp., which also owns FOX News Channel.
xxx In the TV interview, Clinton accused host Chris Wallace of a "conservative hit job" and asked: "I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, 'Why didn't you do anything about the Cole?' I want to know how many people you asked, 'Why did you fire Dick Clarke?"'
xxx He was referring to the USS Cole, attacked by terrorists in Yemen in 2000, and former White House anti-terrorism chief Richard A. Clarke.
Watch Slick Willies temper tantrum, claims and denials here: (Click arrow play button at left bottom of TV)

xxx Rice said Clarke "left when he did not become deputy director of homeland security."
xxx The interview has been the focus of much attention, earning the show its best ratings in nearly three years.
xxx Rice questioned the value of the dialogue.
xxx "I think this is not a very fruitful discussion," she said. "We've been through it. The 9/11 commission has turned over every rock and we know exactly what they said."
Source: FoxNews

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