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Condoleezza Rice regrets there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

January 29, 2009 | 11:26 am

Condoleeza Rice recently departed secretary of State

In an appearance on ABC's "The View" this morning, just-departed secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she regretted that faulty intelligence had reported that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but had no regrets that U.S. troops toppled dictator Saddam Hussein from power.

Rice announced recently that she hopes to return to Stanford University as a political science professor after eight controversial years in the Bush administration -- first as national security adviser and then as secretary of State.

She demurred on questions about whether she voted for Barack Obama, the first African American elected president, although the day after the election she expressed pride, as a black American, that the nation had reached that milestone.

Rice defended George W. Bush against charges that the federal response to Hurricane Katrina was flawed because Bush didn't want to help the black victims:

What really did make me angry was the implication that some people made that somehow President Bush allowed this to happen because these people were black. And for somebody to say that about the president of the United States, a president of the United States who I know well and a president of the United States who is my friend, I was appalled and I couldn't believe people didn't challenge it.

But Rice, taking pride in the administration's relief aid for Africa, conceded that Katrina was "for my mind, one of the greatest disasters for the administration and for the country."

-- Johanna Neuman

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