Condoleezza Rice on Politics, Terrorism and Iraq Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration's national security adviser, has come under fire recently for what some label her political campaigning on behalf of her boss, President George W. Bush. She talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about that controversy, and about the latest report of hundreds of tons of missing explosives.
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Condoleezza Rice on Politics, Terrorism and Iraq

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Condoleezza Rice on Politics, Terrorism and Iraq

Condoleezza Rice on Politics, Terrorism and Iraq

Condoleezza Rice on Politics, Terrorism and Iraq

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National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, right, listens to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw at an April 2003 press conference to discuss the war in Iraq. Brooks Craft/Corbis hide caption

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Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration's national security adviser — officially, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs — has come under criticism recently for what some call her political campaigning on behalf of her boss.

Previous occupants of her office have, at least on the surface, avoided involvement in presidential campaigns. Rice maintains in an interview with NPR's Tavis Smiley that she is no different.

Rice left her dual positions as Stanford University provost and political science professor to join the Bush administration in January 2001, becoming the first woman to hold the post of national security adviser. Since then, she has guided President Bush on numerous security issues, including the nation's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the U.S. invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.