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Rice Disputes Clinton's Claims about Anti-Terrorism Strategy


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is disputing former President Bill Clinton's assertion that the Bush administration did less than the Clinton administration to stop terrorism before the September 11th attacks.

In an interview with the editorial board of The New York Post newspaper published Tuesday, Rice said any assertion that the Bush administration did nothing to fight terrorism in its first eight months in office was "flatly false."

On Sunday, President Clinton said before September 11th he had done more than his conservative critics, including those in the Bush administration, to stop al-Qaida.

Rice said what the Bush administration did to address terrorism before the attacks on New York and Washington was "at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years."

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.