U.S. Secretary of State-nominee Condoleezza Rice says she believes American diplomacy faces the "great task" of spreading freedom and democracy throughout the world.
Ms. Rice told a Senate confirmation hearing today (Tuesday) the United States cannot ignore a "new and growing ideology of hatred" in the world.
She also defended the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq and its handling of the war on terror, saying the moves have been "difficult, necessary and right." But she said "outposts of tyranny" remain in countries, including Cuba, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Iran and Belarus.
Ms. Rice said, if confirmed, she will work to repair ties with allies strained by the Iraq conflict. She said U.S. dialogue with other countries must be a "conversation," and she said alliances are key to building a safer world.
Ms. Rice, President Bush's current National Security Adviser, is expected to easily win confirmation to succeed Secretary of State Colin Powell.