Former US president Clinton defends his record on bin Laden

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Sunday September 24, 2006

Washington- Former US president Bill Clinton on Sunday defended his role in hunting down Osama bin Laden, in reaction to criticism within his country that he did not do enough to capture the al-Qaeda terrorist leader. In an interview on right-wing US broadcaster Fox News, Clinton said his administration had worked hard to have bin Laden eliminated. Adding that he regretted these efforts had not succeeded, he said he had come nearest to doing so than anyone that followed him, a reference to the current Republican party administration of US President George W Bush.

Bin Laden was not once an issue during the first eight months of the Bush administration, Clinton claimed.

Clinton alleged that the accusations against him were part of right-wing campaign of disinformation.

Members of the Democratic and Republican parties in the US have been trading accusations over who was ultimately responsible for not capturing bin Laden, the guiding light behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The issue has received new impetus due to a fictionalized television film based on perceived failures of Clinton's Democratic administration in the hunt for bin Laden.

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