Rice Rejects McClelland Allegations

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Stockholm, Sweden (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the administration has been honest and up-front about Iraq.

She's rejecting allegations to the contrary in a new tell-all book by a former insider.

Rice is in Seden today or an international conference on Iraq.

She would not comment specifically on allegations made by ex-White House press secretary Scott McClellan. But she says Iraq skeptics should have spoken up at the time, adding that “the threat from Saddam Hussein was well understood.”

McClellan's new book is called “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception.” In it, he says Bush decided to invade Iraq at least a year before it happened. He says Bush “signed off on a strategy for selling the war that was less than candid and honest.”

Rice, at the time, was Bush's national security adviser. McClellan writes that she was more concerned about carrying out the president's wishes than in helping him understand the potential consequences. He predicts that “history will likely judge her harshly.”

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