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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fact and Fiction

The buzz in recent headlines is whether former President Bill Clinton did enough to stop the man who orchestrated the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001.

Clinton and Bush administrations in a tug of war of blameOn the tail of the first part of a controversial dramatic series on the 11 September attacks, which suggested the Clinton administration was "reluctant to kill" Osama Bin Laden, came a heated interview on Fox News with the former US leader, defended his handling of the threat posed by Bin Laden. Clinton said he had "worked hard" to have the al-Qaeda leader killed.

Detailing a tug of war of blame between the old Clinton administration and the Bush one, Clinton said, "That's the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now."

"They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try."

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was White House national security adviser at the time of 9/11, said this was "flatly false".

Meanwhile, a casualty of September 11, the Iraq conflict has become a "cause celebre" for Islamic militants worldwide, declassified parts of a US intelligence report say.

The war has helped recruit "supporters for the global jihadist movement," the National Intelligence Estimate says.

It adds that the conflict had bred "a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world".

"Perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere," it says.

Mr Bush has consistently dismissed such reasoning in the past, arguing that Islamic militants had hated the US long before it invaded Iraq or Afghanistan.

Picture courtesy of BBC News online.

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