Rice on New Arab World

Former secretary of state talks about Moammar Gadhafi and the wars on terror.
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A pew poll last month found that only 44%. Of military veterans think the war in Iraq has been worth fighting. Only 36% of civilians -- -- but the leaders who took us into that war continue to see things differently including former secretary of state. Condoleezza Rice who spent some time -- ABC's George Stephanopoulos. For tonight's Nightline interview. The United States has conducted an operation that killed. Osama bin Laden the leader of all I -- is a major blow to -- our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the. When it comes to the war on terror it has been a remarkable year for President Obama. Despite sinking poll numbers in a struggling economy the president scored a series of foreign policy success. America's long war in Iraq -- -- and a litany of public enemies are dead. He Obama approach marks a decisive shift in strategy shift their focus to include -- good. And secretary Condoleezza Rice is one of the architects of that strategy. The concert pianist and Soviet Union expert was Bush's national security advisor when al-Qaeda struck between ten hours. She was a member of the president's inner circle perhaps his closest personal advisor. And later the first ever African American female secretary of state Condoleezza Rice dishonest where. Are we seeing a different model now these. Dictator's fall. That any American lives being lost well I don't think there is a case be made that Saddam Hussein would have gone down like. He would not he would not gone down. It went up because he was so much bigger more substantial army Moammar -- -- -- But Saddam Hussein killed 400000. His own people. Get complicated relationship of Moammar Gadhafi think it's an. Complicated to say the least especially one particularly bizarre meeting with Qaddafi in his private kitchen. When he decided to show her strange video he prepared solely for her. What was going through your head. What was going through my head was how long do I have to sit here but it was actually just a bunch of pictures of me with Vladimir -- -- with Hu Jintao. And then he said and I had -- Best composer most famous composer write the song -- -- it was called black -- in the White House. And -- -- -- this is a really really strange. Strange moment in my time as secretary of state. And why he had this strange fascination I think I'll never really know and when you saw him being dragged through the streets. Revolutions are pretty. Neither -- policy making during wartime in her new book no higher honor rice takes her critics to task. -- clashed with Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The relationships were contentious and strained. Cheney claims rice tearfully admitted it was a mistake to urged bush to apologize for those famously incorrect sixteen words through 2003 student. The British government. Has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium. From Africa. Did you go to him with here's your eyes. Saying he was right about. The Iraq speech not that I remember how excited about like me the chance seems -- Vice President Cheney came away from this whole experience eight years. -- you with less respect. Priest asked if you -- competent secretary of state his answers in some regards. I can't speak and act the -- vice president and I had our differences as for the famously brusque Rumsfeld. Rice remembers confronting him directly about their distant relationship. I set them you know I don't know what's gone wrong between us and he said he -- -- that we always got along it was true. Then he says something about -- being bright and it's sort of not a word being I just thought it was one of those words that you don't use about a -- understanding I I -- about my students. With such high stakes the hostile office politics may have imposed a heavy cost didn't on this dysfunction. Add to the price we paid in Iraq. Well certainly we could have done better but -- also remember that this was the big proposition. Iraq so while rice may admit to some shortcomings. And praises the Obama team's recent foreign policy successes. She still believes the Bush Administration. Paving the way. When you look at the foundation for the capture. Arthur kill Osama bin Laden when you look at. The continuation. Counter insurgency in Afghanistan. I think it's pretty clear a lot of foundation mostly. Eight years before. For Nightline I'm George Stephanopoulos in New York.

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