“What happened on Saturday was really, as Secretary Clinton said, a travesty,” Rice told Charlie Rose. “The entire Security Council – 13 countries less China and Russia – were ready to pass a resolution that would have been quite important, in that it would have supported the Arab League plan and that plan entailed a democratic transition in which President Assad would have to delegate his authority and responsibility to his vice president to negotiate the terms of a transition. Russia and China rejected it.

“This was a decision, I think, that over time Russia and China will come to regret,” Rice said. “It was shortsighted. They are the ones that are isolated now along with the Assad regime.”