CQ Transcript from ABC News Interview with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
7 December 2008
The following unofficial question and comment was taken from an interview shown on ABC news with outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice interviewed by political commentator George Stephanopoulos. The video can be viewed online here: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6411231
()STEPHANOPOULOS: President Bush said this week that his greatest regret was the failure of the intelligence in Iraq.
Would you -- is that at the top of your list, as well?
RICE: Well, its high on my list, because we, and intelligence agencies around the world, thought we were dealing with something that turns out to have been a different kind of threat. But I have other things that I would have hoped would have gone differently. Ill tell you, I am still really appalled at the inability of the international community to deal with tyrants. We saw it in Burma. Were seeing it in Burma.
We are now seeing it, I think, in a very, very sad way in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe should have gone a long time ago. And we cant seem to mobilize the international will to do it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Is there anything you can do between now and January 20th to make that happen?
RICE: Well, I am going to continue to try to press in the international community. I even talked with my British colleague, David Miliband, just this morning about trying to see what we can do to get a renewed push to have this solved. They had a sham election. They then had a sham power-sharing set of talks.
Now you have a cholera outbreak. You have this cholera outbreak that could really endanger Southern Africa, not just Zimbabwe. It seems to me, that when the international community makes a very big deal about the responsibility to protect, as we did a couple of years ago, and yet you have the Darfurs and the Zimbabwes, it is a failure of the international community. ()