Secretary Rice Responds to Bill Clinton

***Updated***

Secretary Rice is not pleased with Bill Clinton right now. She is refuting his accusation that the Bush Administration didn’t do anything regarding terrorism prior to 9/11:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making “flatly false” claims that the Bush administration didn’t lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks.

Rice hammered Clinton, who leveled his charges in a contentious weekend interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel, for his claims that the Bush administration “did not try” to kill Osama bin Laden in the eight months they controlled the White House before the Sept. 11 attacks.

“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,” Rice said during a wide-ranging meeting with Post editors and reporters.

“What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years,” Rice added.

The secretary of state also sharply disputed Clinton’s claim that he “left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy” for the incoming Bush team during the presidential transition in 2001.

“We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda,” Rice responded during the hourlong session.

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In her pointed rebuttal of Clinton’s inflammatory claims about the war on terror, Rice maintained the Bush White House did the best it could to defend against an attack – and expanded on the tools and intelligence it inherited.

“I would just suggest that you go back and read the 9/11 commission report on the efforts of the Bush administration in the eight months – things like working to get an armed Predator [drone] that actually turned out to be extraordinarily important,” Rice added.

She also said Clinton’s claims that Richard Clarke – the White House anti-terror guru hyped by Clinton as the country’s “best guy” – had been demoted by Bush were bogus.

“Richard Clarke was the counterterrorism czar when 9/11 happened. And he left when he did not become deputy director of homeland security, some several months later,” she said.

In the alternate world in which the nutroots live, Bill Clinton is the paragon of virtue and truth, and Secretary Rice does nothing but lie.

Bill Clinton, as he accused Chris Wallace of a right wing hit job, demanded to know to which Bush Administration officials Chris posed the same question. Patterico has all the details.

Update: Dick Morris writes today in The Hill that the real Clinton appeared at Chris Wallace’s interview:

From behind the benign fa�ade and the tranquilizing smile, the real Bill Clinton emerged Sunday during Chris Wallace’s interview on Fox News Channel. There he was on live television, the man those who have worked for him have come to know – the angry, sarcastic, snarling, self-righteous, bombastic bully, roused to a fever pitch. The truer the accusation, the greater the feigned indignation. Clinton jabbed his finger in Wallace’s face, poking his knee, and invading the commentator’s space.

Read the rest of Dick’s article.

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