WASHINGTON -- National Security Advisor
During an interview on
It marked Rice’s first appearance on a network Sunday show since September 2012, just days after the attack in Libya that claimed the life of Ambassador
Her adherence to administration talking points at the time -- that the attack appeared to be a “spontaneous” response to
At the time,
Rice on Sunday defended her remarks, saying she shared "the best information that we had at the time."
“The information I provided -- which I explained to you was what we had at the moment, it could change, I commented that this was based on what we knew on that morning – was provided to me and my colleagues and indeed to
"I'm almost speechless," he said. "The information was totally misleading, totally false. And for Susan Rice to say such a thing, I think, is a little embarrassing to tell you the truth."
On Ukraine, Rice rejected the idea that Washington and Moscow were nearing a return to Cold War-style tensions, with the violence in Kiev the latest flash point between the nations.
She said that President Obama and Russian President
Yanukovich "has gone" and is "not leading at the present," Rice said when asked if the president should step down.
"We are going to have a unity government," she said. "We are going to have near-term elections. We are going to have constitutional reform. And that reflects the will of the Ukrainian people and the interests of the United States and Europe."
But she cautioned Russia against moving militarily to reinstate the deposed president. "That would be a grave mistake," she said.
Rice said Obama has been "exceedingly pragmatic" in his dealings with Russia, emphasizing the need for the U.S. to cooperate with Russia where possible on issues such as Afghanistan, while speaking out on issues like Syria and human rights where they disagree.
"The president is very plain and very forceful in his dealings with Putin," she said. "But it is not necessary, nor is it in our interests, to return to a Cold War construct which is long out of date and doesn't reflect the realities of the 21st century."