Transcript for Secretary Rice Responds to her Critics
In 2008 President Bush announced an agreement with city -- Iraqis that all US troops will be coming home at the end of 2011. President Obama recently announced would be implementing that agreement. And a lot of Republican candidates came out swinging in opposition but wouldn't have to say to them. Well I think there was a hope that there might be a residual American presence to help the Iraqis -- apparent good military force we shouldn't. Underestimate their capability but there's still a young. Security force and they need help and training. They need help in making certain that their troublesome and metal from neighbors are not. About somehow meddling in Iraqi affairs and I think there'd been -- hope that we might be able to work out with the Iraqis. Some kind of residual presence I still hope that we can. Because the Iraqis need our help I know that there are difficult issues about how American forces would be treated for immunity. We were able to deal with those in the agreement that we made with the Iraqis and perhaps there's still a chance that something can be worked out because that's a critically important strategic relationship. Particularly. Given the continuing Iranian threat. -- -- have to tell you that your colleagues -- former colleagues. Cheney and Rumsfeld wrote books recently and they have some pretty critical things to say about you haven't spoken to them since well I actually. I have five I've talked to Don I haven't had talked to the vice president look as I said we have strong disagreements. I don't think there were ever personal. They were strong personalities and I really hope that people -- understand. That human beings under a lot of pressure will act in certain ways. But I feel very strongly. That in this book I've tried to give an accurate reflection. A -- relationships were like. With I don't. Being. And Kathy if it's not worth it and you said none of the none of it was personal little -- -- -- -- substantive issues the vice president I simply didn't agree he didn't like the turned. -- toward diplomacy in the second. Term he has made that very clear. And that was his EP he gave the president -- advice. And when the president didn't accept that advice I think sometimes he was disappointed have you spoken with President Bush about some of the things that they not only set about their critical of his administration his policies but about you in particular have -- President Bush many many times but we don't all of these things because. They had a chance to say what they thought they had a chance to. Review the issues and the times as they saw them and I've had my chance to do decide to think he was surprised. And by some things and send -- books all I don't know we could really didn't dwell on such things we talk about a lot of other things these states like can vote was moving forward in our lives. I want to go back to the Middle East the Arab Spring a lot of -- about political leaders there that you had close ties to. They had iron fist when they were ruling over their people they were flawed people as well but now you look at a region that they're gone but you don't know who's going to replace them so the region. More stable now is it in better -- Hague hands and shape now than it was -- It has a better prospect for a good future that it had because authoritarian this -- it's ultimately not staple. The idea that somehow authoritarian against the pressures of technology and that a smaller world where people know what's going on outside -- world authoritarian aren't going to be able to keep their peoples -- And so I told President Mubarak in June of 2005. Give a speech to the -- to Cairo. Calling on the egyptians to -- reform in the Middle East because the freedom agenda that we launched under President Bush was because you could see this coming. You could see that authoritarian would not be able to continue to with an iron fist. To control their people -- -- breaks down. And there's nothing left but anger. Then it's really late to make political reforms and then you see the chaos that we're seeing in the streets of the Middle -- but ultimately. These are places most of them. That I think we'll get through this period and will create institutions. In which people can registered their discontent. The ultimate fail safe is that if you can't -- your government you can throw it out peacefully. That will ultimately be a better Middle East.
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