On MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday night, Maddow talked with Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein about comments made by Condoleeza Rice on national security during a recent interview with Fortune Magazine.

Rice made some strong declarations about the situation in Afghanistan during that interview:

"The last time we left Afghanistan, and we abandoned Pakistan," she said, "that territory became the very territory on which Al Qaeda trained and attacked us on September 11th. So our national security interests are very much tied up in not letting Afghanistan fail again and become a safe haven for terrorists.

"It's that simple," she declared, "if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan."

Maddow and Stein find it interesting that with former Vice President Dick Cheney side-lined for back surgery, the timing of Rice's comments, as until now she has remained relatively silent on such matters.

In her opening, Maddow illustrates that it's perhaps a little odd that Rice is soliciting advice on how to avoid a terrorist attack.


The following YouTube video is from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show that originally aired on Tues., September 22, 2009: