Rice: Iraq war will be Bush's 'strategic achievement'
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said war in Iraq will turn out to be a "strategic achievement" for not only President George W. Bush but for the United States.
Interviewed by Chris Wallace of Fox News on Sunday, Rice touched on claims that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction, offering regret that the reports were false.
Although Rice said she "would give anything" to revisit the issue of weapons of mass destruction, she maintained that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was still right even if the weapons were never found.
Asked if she felt any responsibility for the mistaken intelligence, Rice evaded the question with the positive changes made to U.S. intelligence gathering and steps toward helping Iraq as the "bulwark against Iran."
"I still believe that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein is going to turn out to be a great strategic achievement, not just for the Bush administration, but for the United States of America," Rice said.
Instead of a repressive dictator who has sown instability, triggered wars and used weapons of mass destruction, "you now have a young democratic multi-ethnic Iraq," Rice said.
Wire services contributed to this report.
This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast Dec. 7, 2008.
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