October 15th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Before meeting with Obama, Rice says mistakes were made in Iraq

(CNN) - Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right move, but the United States made mistakes in the aftermath, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN on Friday.

In an interview to be broadcast Monday on CNN International's "Connect the World" program, Rice acknowledged a failure to focus rebuilding efforts throughout the country and attributed the problem to a lack of understanding.


Related: read "Wolf's pick" on his interview with Rice here."

Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • issues • President Obama
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Voter

    The whole Iraq war WAS a mistake!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Mitchell

    Condi is a class act. She served our country well

    October 15, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Mark from Canada

    In my opinion, I don't think removing Saddam was the best move the US could have made. Was he a ruthless dictator? Yes. Did he commit crimes against innocent Iraqis? Yes. Did he commit ethnic cleansing against Iraq's Kurds? YES. But in the big picture, he was a rock of stability in the Middle East. He kept Tehran's attention on Iraq and off Israel and its Western supporters, and kept Iran's sphere of influence low. He was a secular leader of a literate, progressive people in the face of many fundamentalist theocracies.

    Are the Iraqi people better off without Saddam? In many ways, definitely. But what does it mean as a whole?

    October 15, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove wants to bully some one (because the election was over) they choose Iraq by the time 9/11 happened they do the math to attack Iraq it didn’t work
    Later they crate their own equation sold to us went to war

    Now nation knows it was mistake

    Same old Karl Rove playing the dirty politics again

    October 15, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    This is one person I would LOVE to read her memoir.... I would LOVE IT!!! I think she will TELL IT ALL and I TRUST it will be the TRUTH!!!!

    Step aside and DOWN ROVER – ginGRINCH take cover – CHENEY, well Cheney is not saying much LATELY but she will SHUT HIM DOWN too. I am sure we will find out what happened between Condoleezza and Colin Powell?? I think there is more to that fall out too!!!

    Condoleezza – as an African American women of strength – U GO GIRL!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    The NEXT TICKER – "Palin takes JAB at First Lady?"..... OH NO SHE DIDN'T!!!!!

    October 15, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Robert Butler

    Is anyone surprised?

    October 15, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Lori in St Pete

    She needs to be on trial at the Hague along with her bosses and every other person who served them between January 21, 2001 & January 19, 2009. They're war criminals and deserve to be treated as such. The biggest mistake the dems made when they took the majority in January 2007 was not trying this snaggle toothed witch and everyone else associated with the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with crimes against humanity, and the destruction of our great nation.

    October 15, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. barry

    Obama in his arrogance has made many mistakes, mainly because he is in over his head. He has blamed Bush, blamed Boehner, blamed Republicans, blamed corporations, blamed wall street, and the list goes on and on. Bill Clinton was able to work with the other side of the isle. He didn't spend all his time blaming someone else and declaring the victim status. Look at his polls and it's easy to see that the majority of Americans know Obama has no clue and he and his left wing nuts have to go.

    October 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Why isn't this woman in prison instead of making the news on the new and improved right wing Conservative News Network (CNN)?

    October 15, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Jason bogart

    Tell that to the Iraqis.

    October 15, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. carl

    Congress made the ultimate mistake. We had Saddam contained-no fly zones!

    October 15, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Moderate

    Disagree. War went great, was won in days. Atrocious handling of rebuilding and police action that followed turned clear victory into massive blunder. Iraq had a functional, trained military ready to help the transition and we disbanded it. The insurgency began immediately following that.

    October 15, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Ben in Texas

    Mistakes were made. The entire war was a mistake, for one. Bush being appointed to the presidency by the Extreme Court was a mistake. Not paying attention to warnings about 911 was a mistake. Torturing prisoners, Gitmo, outing a CIA agent, Abu Graib, letting Bin Laden out of Afghanistan, killing 100,000 civilians, lying about WMD, on and on. All mistakes.

    Or as we say in the real world, crimes were committed.

    October 15, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. zaks5thave

    This is a ridiculous article. Can anybody cite one government sponsored operation that did not have at least one mistake? That is why most thinking people did not want to see the government involved with health care. In this case a new mistake is found every day. The government is basically incompetent, with overpaid workers.

    October 15, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Dt

    @ voter i agree with u. We should have been pounding the hell out of the taliban

    October 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |