On Meet the Press, Condoleezza Rice deviated from traditional justifications for war against Iraq offered by the Bush administration, such as WMD's and 9/11 links, and explained that it was part of a plan to create "a different kind of Middle East".
Justifying the war in Iraq Rice said, "When we were attacked on September 11, we had a choice to make. We could decide that the proximate cause was al Qaeda and the people who flew those planes into buildings...or we could take a bolder approach."
Rice went on to say that removing Saddam was necessary, yet made no mention of Osama bin Laden. This justification for war in Iraq is contradictory to earlier interviews were Rice has stated, "we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud".