Preaching to the faithful at the Southern Baptist Convention, Condoleezza Rice expresses doubt about US success in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan do not assure those countries will become successful democracies.
“We’re standing together with people everywhere who desire these fundamental freedoms,” especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, Rice said in a speech to the annual Southern Baptist Convention.
In those two countries alone, “We have given more than 55 million people an opportunity to flourish in freedom,” Rice said. “Not a guarantee of success, but a chance.”
Rice’s speech was partly an attempt to appeal to Bush’s political base after a series of disappointments for conservatives, including the administration’s handling of the Dubai ports deal earlier this year.
She referred often to God and prayer, and cast U.S. work overseas, from Iraq to Sudan to the attempts to stem the trafficking of human beings for forced labor or sex, in religious terms.
As she left the podium, delegates in the upper arena began to sing “God Bless America.” The whole arena joined in the spontaneous anthem.