"I would give anything to be able to go back and to know precisely what we were going to find when we were there. But that isn't the way that these things work," Rice said "And I still believe that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein is going to turn out to be a great strategic achievement."
With the support of Congress, President George W. Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. It was a decision largely justified on grounds — later proved false — that Saddam was building weapons of mass destruction.
Rice made the Sunday morning talk show rounds for perhaps the last time as secretary of state. The forum, which she used many times in the past eight years to promote administration policies, provided her an opportunity to reflect on her legacy.
Rice said she was "still really appalled at the inability of the international community to deal with tyrants."
"We're seeing it in Burma," Rice said of the country in Southeast Asia now called Myanmar. "We are now seeing it, I think, in a very, very sad way in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe should have gone a long time ago. And we can't seem to mobilize the international will to do it."