In an interview this morning on the Today programme Condoleezza Rice praised Tony Blair:
"I think we’ll be sad to see Prime Minister Blair go because of course he’s been a devoted friend of America and that makes a difference but he’s also been a tremendous visionary and he’s been such a fierce fighter for people who were trapped in tyranny but also for people who were trapped in poverty and he’s been a fount of ideas and that is why we will miss him.”
In contrast to many in Britain she believes his support of the war in Iraq will be vindicated:
“I think the decision to overthrow the terrible tyranny of Saddam Hussein, even if the Iraqi people struggle on their way to a more stable democracy, I think history will judge it well and think it will judge well those who stood by the Iraqi people in these times of need."
The Secretary of State did not appear to anticipate as close a relationship with Gordon Brown. You can listen to the full interview here.