U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says it pains her that the United States went to war in Iraq based on inaccurate intelligence, but she says she believes the operation will turn out to be a strategic achievement.
In a television interview Sunday, Rice said she would "give anything" to go back and know whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S. invaded the country in 2003.
She said she still believes the overthrow of Saddam Hussein will be "a strategic achievement, not just for the Bush administration, but for America."
She called the late Iraqi leader a "murderous dictator" who caused millions of deaths in regional wars and sought weapons of mass destruction.
In another television interview Sunday President-elect Barack Obama said he remains committed to ending the Iraq War, although he gave no specific dates for doing so.
The United States invaded Iraq, citing concerns about alleged weapons of mass destruction programs. No such weapons were found.