Condeleezza Rice disputes comment by vice president
New York Times
Mar. 25, 2004 12:00 AM
WASHINGTON - It is a strange occurrence in Washington when members of the well-ordered Bush White House publicly disagree with each other, but it happened on Wednesday.
Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, took exception to Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that Richard A. Clarke, the administration's former counterterrorism chief, was "out of the loop."
On the contrary, Rice said, Clarke was very much involved in the administration's fight against terrorism.
"I would not use the word 'out of the loop,' " Rice told reporters in response to a question about whether she considered it a problem that the administration's counterterrorism chief was not deeply involved "in a lot of what was going on," as Cheney said on Monday in an interview on Rush Limbaugh's radio program.