Condoleezza Rice admits some regrets over Iraq war
Condoleezza Rice on Friday said the US government failed to understand how "broken Iraq was as a society."
Hong Kong — Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she would "many times over liberate" Iraq again, but she regretted the Bush administration failed to work closer with Iraqis to rebuild the war-torn country.
"We tried to rebuild Iraq from Baghdad out, and we really should have rebuilt Iraq from outside Baghdad in," she said.
"We should have worked with the tribes, worked in the provinces," she said, adding that smaller projects should have been favored over big ones.
"That's something that in retrospect that we finally got right" several years after the 2003 invasion. "And it's one reason I think Iraq has a chance."
She is en route to the Chinese island of Hainan for the Boao Forum, an annual conference where executives hobnob with global leaders, early next month.