Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week dismissed accusations from President Obama’s Republican rivals that the commander-in-chief is not tough enough on Iran.
She suggested that she has seen a shift in the administration’s position, saying that White House may have learned diplomatic lessons on how to deal with its enemies, but, “now you're not hearing much … from the administration about reaching out a hand of friendship any longer to the Iranians.”
But the former Bush administration official told David Gregory that the United States is in danger from backing down on its commitments abroad. She acknowledged that “the American people are tired” from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and when it comes to facing threats from other countries, “you can feel a sense of perhaps we'll just leave them to their own devices.”
But she defended President Bush’s foreign policy decisions: “We have to remember what it looked like 11 years ago, in Afghanistan, with the Taliban in power.” Rice warned that avoiding the threats within countries like Iran and Afghanistan, “has always backfired … even if you have to talk to your enemies, you do so with a big stick next to your side.”
Rice was in Washington to head a task force that claims it has a new solution to American security issues: education. Rice said that today, many Americans are unfit to serve in the military because they have not received an adequate education. If the school system is not fixed, she believes, “our national cohesion is really at stake.”
Watch PRESS Pass above to hear more of David’s interview with Secretary Rice, who is an avid football fan, including her thoughts on Peyton Manning’s move to the Denver Broncos.