In early August, 2002, Fox News was present at a briefing before the media in which Richard Clark Defended the Bush Administration’s handling of the pre-9/11 terror situation. Fox News posted the transcript today on its Foxnews.com website.
Lets be clear here, everything said in this transcript not only flies in the face of Clarke’s claims from his book, but the claims Clinton Administration officials made JUST YESTERDAY in front of the 9/11 commission. This whole issue is going to hurt Democrats way more than it ever could have helped them.
Here is a piece of the transcript for your review with a link to the full transcript:
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QUESTION: What is your response to the suggestion in the [Aug. 12, 2002] Time [magazine] article that the Bush administration was unwilling to take on board the suggestions made in the Clinton administration because of animus against the — general animus against the foreign policy?
CLARKE: I think if there was a general animus that clouded their vision, they might not have kept the same guy dealing with terrorism issue. This is the one issue where the National Security Council leadership decided continuity was important and kept the same guy around, the same team in place. That doesn’t sound like animus against uh the previous team to me.
JIM ANGLE: You’re saying that the Bush administration did not stop anything that the Clinton administration was doing while it was making these decisions, and by the end of the summer had increased money for covert action five-fold. Is that correct?
CLARKE: All of that’s correct.