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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Visits Baylor

Nov. 10, 2011

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Rice was in Waco as part of a Texas swing promoting her book "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington." In a conversation with President Starr in front of a full house at Waco Hall, Rice addressed her childhood, shared behind the scenes stories, reminisced about the days after 9/11, and addressed some of the key decisions made during her time in the Bush Administration. One of those decisions was the most controversial, the decision to invade Iraq. Rice said she believes the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power was the right one.

Rice served as National Security Advisor to George W. Bush before becoming Secretary of State. Having worked with Bush since his days as governor, the President said she was like a sister. Rice said that close relationship is important in allowing her the latitude to occasionally disagree with him.

The former secretary of state also shared stories of how a wild turkey improved diplomatic relations with the Saudis, reflected on the war in Afghanistan and the capture of Osama Bin Laden, and fielded questions from audience members. One of the questions, read by Provost Elizabeth Davis, touched on Rice's ambition, or lack thereof, for the highest office in the land.

Secretary Rice was the second guest in the "On Topic" series, following T. Boone Pickens this spring. Rice continues her trip through Texas and the country on her book tour; "No Higher Honor" is now listed on the New York Times Bestseller list. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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