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Thank God Madeleine Albright is Past Tense in Power
by J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor
15 September 2003

Her recent interview with Time Magazine was full of doublespeak...isn't it funny how Madeleine Albright - known by her critics as "Madeleine Not-at all-Bright" - criticizes Bush now that his approval ratings are low, yet there was not a peep from her about the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq when the U.S. was successfully toppling Saddam.

MADAME SECRETARY is her memoir just out. In an interview with TIME’S J. F.
O. McAllister she spoke her piece.

To set the mindset, she’s not in league with United States President George
W. Bush on much of anything.

She politically adores Al Gore. So there. Fill in the blanks. She has
political eyes for Bill Clinton. So there. Fill in more blanks.

About Iraq, she was asked what the US-led coalition should do next. Her
answer: "Frankly, if there was a President Gore, we wouldn't be in this
particular mess. But we are, and we cannot fail.

“I very much hope there will be a U.N. resolution that makes clear the U.S.
has military command but that would set up a U.N. high representative to
coordinate the political and humanitarian things the U.N. does very well.”

Ms. Albright, where were you when Mr. Bush tried to engage integrally the
UN in toppling Saddam Hussein? Where were you when France and Germany in
particular balked at every positive measure Mr. Bush put on the table?
Where were you when UN leadership supported the French-German balk?

When asked if Mr. Bush was correct in sidelining Yasser Arafat in Middle
East process, she replied that she considered the President’s move a
“mistake. Now that doesn’t mean it’s must fun to talk to him. I don’t think
he’s a force for good, but he’s part of the story.”

Ms. Albright, let’s consider what Arafat being a “part of the story” has
done for the Big Story to date. Zero. In fact, minus a billion or two or

When it comes to Ariel Sharon, she was asked if “Sharon. . .(is) an
obstacle to making peace.”

Falling right in line with liberals, she criticized the United States
leadership for not doing more to press Israeli peace moves. The US has to
keep all in balance in the Middle East.

She gives no condemnation to Palestinian Authority but puts weakness on the
side of the US in not assuring the balance. In other words, doublespeak is
aplenty in her answer, but US comes out on the losing side. Arab militants
come out with no reprimand whatsoever.

So much for logic in an interview with Ms. Albright. I think I'll sideline
her memoirs.

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME.  He is a a graduate of an accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.  Pastor Swank has been married for 41 years and he has 3 adult children.  He is the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers. He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.  His columns have appeared on,,,,,,,,, among others.

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