Rice discusses Iraq War, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and her new memoir.
The Middle East is the most volatile area in the world. We now know that it is also the cradle of Al Qaeda and extremism…We didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy to the Iraqis…We were very clear about this. This was a security threat. And I, as much as anybody, understand and really regret the cost, particularly in lives. But I also know that nothing of value is ever won without sacrifice.
Rice talks about being the United States Secretary of State and helps her students learn that life is not cut and dry.
You can’t plan every step in life
Rice talks her initial reaction to the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in an interview with O Magazine.
I was at my desk in the White House at around 8:45 when my executive assistant came in and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I thought, What a strange accident. I called the president and said, Mr. President, a plane hit the World Trade Center. And he said, What a weird accident. Around nine, after I went to a staff meeting, my assistant handed me a paper that said a second plane had hit the World Trade Center, and I thought, My God, this is a terrorist attack.