Madeleine Albright’s International Migraines

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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

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4 comments on “Madeleine Albright’s International Migraines

  1. ... says:

    some politicians need to be relegated to the dustbin.. albright is one of them..

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  2. Paul Norheim says:

    People like Madelaine Albright, Zbigniew
    Brzezinski, and Henry Kissinger all seem to suffer from chronic
    “international migraine” – but not for the obvious reasons:
    making life miserable for the Iraqis in the 90`s, screwing up
    Afghanistan in the 80`s, and bombing Laos, Vietnam, and
    Cambodia in the 70`s etc. etc.
    And speaking about Brzezinski: asking him for advise re.
    Afghanistan is as obscene as asking Kissinger for advise re. Laos
    or Chile.
    Did someone mention “respect for other countries”?

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  3. Paul Norheim says:

    It seems think people like Madelaine Albright, Zbigniev
    Brzezinski, and Henry Kissinger all suffer from chronic
    “international migraine” – but not for the obvious reasons:
    making life miserable for the Iraqis in the 90`s, screwing up
    Afghanistan in the 80`s, and bombing Laos, Vietnam, and
    Cambodia in the 70`s etc. etc.
    And speaking about Brzezinski: asking him for advise re.
    Afghanistan is as obscene as asking Kissinger for advise re. Laos
    or Chile.
    Did someone mention “respect for other countries”?

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  4. JohnH says:

    I love Madeine’s migraine–leadership with a respect for other countries. Seems to me that she has the formula is backwards: leadership is earned because others respect you, not vice-versa. And where does she propose to change polices so that others would respect us? Where does she propose ending the occupations, including that of Palestine? Where does she propose ending the bombing of wedding parties and hospitals, etc.?
    If Madeleine has a migraine, it’s earned.

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