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
coordinate the political and humanitarian things the U.N. does
Ms. Albright, where were you when Mr. Bush
tried to engage integrally the
UN in toppling Saddam Hussein? Where were you when France and
particular balked at every positive measure Mr. Bush put on
Where were you when UN leadership supported the French-German
When asked if Mr. Bush was correct in sidelining
Yasser Arafat in Middle
East process, she replied that she considered the President’s
“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,
aplenty in her answer, but US comes out on the losing side.
come out with no reprimand whatsoever.
for logic in an interview with Ms. Albright. I think I'll sideline
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