Condoleezza Rice in MSNBC Interview: "Saddam Hussein Was a Threat"

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell's snagged a fairly juicy interview last night with Bush administration Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. O'Donnell didn't dance around the Iraq war, telling Rice that "Iraq had nothing to do with September 11th." Her response, in part (via the Huffington Post):

If one looks at what happened to us on September 11th, we didn't connect the dots, there was a threat materializing that we didn't respond to. Saddam Hussein had been a threat from the time that he invaded Iran in the late 1980s through 1991, when in fact he went into Kuwait, dragging us into war. We thought he had reconstituted his weapons of mass destruction. And in a context in which terrorism and weapons of mass destruction was a nexus that we could not allow, we decided that this was a threat that had to be dealt with.

[Emphasis added.]

When asked if an uprising like the recent and ongoing ones happening in the Middle East could have occurred with Saddam Hussein, Rice was firm: "If you think for one minute that you were going to be able to take Saddam Hussein down by mass protests in the streets, then you're clearly ill-informed."

Watch the interview, in two parts, here:

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at May 6, 2011, 6:28am

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