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.
"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.
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.
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To quote Dick Morris, who ought to know, having been on the receiving end of several such tirades, Clinton is an "angry, sarcastic, snarling, self-righteous, bombastic bully" [here] and there is nobody better to stand up to him than a powerful, educated, articulate, hyper-intelligent woman of color like Condi. She's got class..., he never did and never will.
The Anchoress, however, notes that Clinton's eruption serves the interests of the MSM far more than a reasoned, factually based, response. [here] She's right, of course, and that is a sad commentary on our contemporary political culture.