Condoleezza Rice's Global View

Former Secretary of State on the future of Iraq, Iran, and GOP foreign policy.
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A deadly morning in Baghdad today is three bombs exploded in a sprawling market. The attack came as shoppers were preparing for the Muslim festival of aid. And it comes just hours after prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki told his security -- to head -- the step -- violent. The backdrop of course is the US decision to pull out -- out by the end of the year. It's a decision that now has some concern that al-Qaeda will re establish a foothold in the country. All questions the former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice she has a new memoir no Ohio on and I spoke with had an idea. Madam secretary thank you for joining us it's a pleasure to be with -- Pakistan. So you might think -- book -- a lot about the Bush Administration the bush years you also talk about when you first met the current president Barack Obama during a hearing. And you say his questions was shop not -- he actually seemed interested in my aunt says when you say you have really impressed. I don't people question whether he had what it took to be commander in chief. All of the those super pop. Did -- prove them wrong. Obviously I think President Obama has done a number of things right particularly in the war on terror and I think that President Obama has indeed carried the war on terror far forward and a very effective way. So let me ask you then about the most controversial of events of your tenure and that was the Iraq War. The general for west the United States is in its President Obama has now decided to quarter -- and to bring all the troops out. -- training actually is a triumph of as -- saying it was a defeat. Do you think it was right not to push and -- -- I -- at very least 101000 US. Troops to guarantee some kind of security to train and to be that the counterterrorism. Frankly I think it would help the regional balance to have a residual American presence there. We need to find a way to help the Iraqis sustain themselves that this period and two. To deal with their somewhat -- some neighbor in Iran. Of course the administration says is because the Iraqis wouldn't -- to immunity but the real issue is that this administration insisted. On exceeding two State Department and pentagon lawyers. Bemoaned that they get this immunity ratified by the Iraqi parliament you did not do that you've got the agreement without forcing it through the parliament. Why have to do that was it a mistake for President Obama to do. -- I'm really rather reluctant to criticize negotiations that I didn't. Participated but. It would have clearly been better to have a residual force from my point of view and perhaps there was a way out of the immunity clause that wasn't taken. So isn't a risk now. Of everything that America paid unraveling. Yes what is at risk here is not just the sacrifice of the United States which is considerable. But also a -- up a new kind of democratic stability in the Middle East and -- Equally important if not more is Afghanistan the Obama administration sources attended the unlikely to change their role even before 2014. From a combat to a much -- role may be advisory. Is that safe at this time is the -- Audubon anyway in need of being defeated. -- I'm not inside but I don't see that the Taliban is anywhere near being defeated and in fact if you're looking. For some kind of political arrangements and ultimately there will have to be a political arrangement in Afghanistan that brings. Former warring elements and but if you're looking for that arrangement you should be in the strongest position not the weakest. And I don't think that's right now the Afghan government and of the NATO mission is in a position to make that kind of political appeal so yes I think -- -- considerable risk. In speeding up a timetable for Afghanistan. In your book you also write about Iran the IAEA the nuclear agency of the UN this week is about to reveal apparently more details showing. Apparently that you're on is trying to weaponized. Do you think the United States the Obama administration has to ratchet up the confrontation you told this week about confronting Iran. Does that involve -- -- confrontation by the US. While the United States should certainly make clear that the -- United States will consider military action if necessary because you never want to take that card off the table. I think there are other ways to confront Iran you can confront Iran through. Even tougher sanctions and I also think Christian and this is one of the downsides of having our forces out of out of Iraq because. We can confront the Iranians in Iraq so yes I think it's time to confront the Iranian regime because it's the poster child for state sponsorship of terrorism. It's trying to get a nuclear weapon it's repressed its own people the regime has absolutely no legitimacy left. Now we should be doing everything we can to bring it down and never take military force off the table. Let me ask you about 2012. I want -- -- -- in terms of foreign policy. You know Republicans they describe themselves as the adults in the pragmatists on foreign policy. And yet in this particular campaign they all seem like they're rushing to the exits when it comes to foreign policy -- -- in the case of Herman Cain. Making fun of a lack of knowledge I mean he did the -- -- Becky Becky Becky stunned. -- -- -- -- -- Well I think in retrospect it probably wasn't the great thing to say he if you're running for president. And foreign policy ought to be more part of the debate than -- this because we're so interconnected. Mr. -- stumbles seriously this week on an issue when he said that China has quote indicated that they're trying to develop a nuclear capability. Obviously we all know that -- been a nuclear -- since the 1960s. We you long Biden's statement. By this lack of knowledge. Well. Well I don't know the context in which he said -- people sometimes misspeak. But I will say this. Do anything -- -- -- dollars in long it was a -- I don't I don't know. Chris and I wouldn't let me and I really don't I don't know if it concerns me that we are not having a discussion about foreign policy. And obviously I would suggest that anybody who's gonna run for president United States spend some time. On the basics of foreign policy I remember when I was working with George W. Bush he's been governor of Texas he -- Mexico and Latin America well but he spent a lot of time. In -- 1999. Really addressing the issues bringing people to the governor's mansion to talk to him about foreign policy. We -- seminars at George -- this house. Anybody who's running for president really owes it to the American people to take the time to do that might have said -- thank you so much for joining me.

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