ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 22, 2004
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pierre Thomas) Charges by former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke that President Bush's administration ignored the Al Qaeda terrorist threat because of the obsession with Iraq examined; excerpts quoted from his book "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" quoted. [CLARKE - says Bush did nothing significant against Al Qaeda until September 11; states Bush talked about Iraq; offers a perspective on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's idea of bombing Iraq.] [National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE- responds.] [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN, White House communications director Dan BARTLETT- offer differing versions on whether there was such a meeting.] Clarke's view that the war in Iraq took away resources from the war on terrorism noted.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The White House's dubbing of this as Dick Clarke's "American Grandstand" noted.
(White House: Terry Moran) The White House's unprecedented personal attack on a domestic critic examined. [McCLELLAN - says Clarke is promoting his book.] [On "The Rush Limbaugh Show," Vice President Dick CHENEY - criticizes Clarke's counterterrorism role.] [Former presidential adviser David GERGEN- assesses the White House sensitivity on the terrorism issue.]