Condoleezza Rice on Benghazi fallout, Iraq and immigration
Former secretary of state sounds off
- Duration 4:37
- Date Mar 5, 2013
Former secretary of state sounds off
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Six months after the deadly consulate attack and being -- and secretary of state John Kerry says he's confident the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
They are doing everything they can within the FB.
To conduct their investigation and to lay the ground work in order to be able to bring justice six months it was six months out.
Takes a while when you operate by high standards and when you need the levels of evidence that we do we are.
What are right now former secretary of state under George W.
Bush Condoleezza Rice joins us right now grew more detail.
Apparently the secretary of state also says he doesn't know why we haven't heard from any of the survivors of the -- attack and it doesn't know if we will.
Although he personally has been in contact with at least.
While -- -- -- incident was one of the most terrible relief in recent history forests and I think the real issue is how not to let something like this happen again.
I think there's still a lot to understand about what happened in the hours before Ben Ghazi.
Happened -- you know you're talking about.
Really not a matter of hours but a matter of days after which the security situation was clearly deteriorating the British had left the Red Cross have left.
They're gonna fire bombing a month before there was trouble there was trouble and clearly the security presence wasn't high enough for that.
And I knew and Jessica -- wonderful officer.
What he was doing and been -- on -- the anniversary of September 11 probably shouldn't have been there but.
I think those are the kinds of questions and then what happened during that awful.
789 hours that unfolded to so -- are the kinds of vicious I think we really want to get at -- I still don't think we have answers to them.
And then finally on this question of bringing people to justice said there I would agree with sector -- it takes time.
-- mad -- the Libyan government such as it is has not really in a position.
Investigated bring people to justice so that might well -- something.
He also answered questions about the Iraq War of something that.
Your boss was very heavily invested in -- and -- -- area.
-- I think the president made the right choice to get out of there I think we can be proud of what we achieved.
I think our troops did an absolutely stunning job that and so we're and Russia.
-- -- -- crazy about that he deserves credit for what the troops did when they went in.
There's a different issue obviously about the choices that put our troops were extraordinary.
Our military always performs remarkably.
And they have given the Iraqis.
The unique opportunity to have a democracy.
That hopefully can work it's up to them.
Willing to painfully the other bush and about the way we left -- do you think we left the right way I would have preferred to have some residual presence but the real question now is how engaged are we going to be with the Iraqis are.
High ranking officials going to gold there.
And spend time with them you know we worry about the influence of Iran in Iraq.
But if you're Maliki.
And you have no American anchor then you will be influenced by -- -- You know -- -- it was -- secretary was well this as a -- agreements that we should pulled out so I just did with thing with they gave me.
Well if it would have been hard to get a residual presence agreement I don't think it would have been impossible to get one.
But that's water under the bridge now and now it is engagement with the Iraqis it is true the Iraqis have a chance.
To build -- really paid democratic system where Kurds she Sony can work together in democratic institutions.
Nobody else in the Middle East right now really has that structure but it's going to require our engagement sure.
And we can't say now hands off the troops have done their part.
Let's let the Iraqis.
Would be to their own devices they need our help in doing it and I think they can't that game.
Real quickly I know you're involved in the new immigration commission take -- -- this brand new poll 72% favor some sort of path to citizenship.
I'm sorry there's less than 32 half what's it gonna take to get some -- What it will take is some recognition -- your country of immigrants we need the economic power of immigrants both high tech immigrants who can fuel -- knowledge -- revolution.
And immigrants on the agricultural side.
And we need to deal with the 1011 million people living in the shadows.
Path to citizenship is going to be controversial it is but we need to find a way up for legal status of these people thank you very much thank you very much illustrates how.
We had a senior classes -- stamp.
Come on out we just sign right here a mile and a -- -- -- it would release credits to really credits.