Interesting exchange with Madeleine Albright on US foreign policy over at National Journal:
NJ: What do you foresee as Obama’s biggest foreign policy challenge?
Albright: Well, it’s hard, I have to tell you, because there are some very, very serious issues out there, and I sometimes say it’s kind of like, “what’s the worst place in the world today?”
I do think that Pakistan has everything that gives you an international migraine. I mean, it has nuclear weapons, extremism, poverty, corruption and a very weak government in a very, very difficult area. I think that’s a tough one. I think Iran is difficult. I think the Middle East is difficult.
President Obama is the kind of person that will be able to deal with these very difficult issues. And he knows they’re difficult. My sense in my discussions with him is that he’s going into this with very, very open eyes, no rose-colored glasses, just very determined to put America back where it belongs, which is in a leadership place with a respect for other countries.
— Steve Clemons