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| Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Albright on the War

Originally here.

Albright criticizes war in Iraq but says U.S. must stay
Former secretary of state says conflict must end successfully.
By Dick Stanley
Friday, November 18, 2005
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hewed closely Thursday to her former boss's position on the war in Iraq.

        President Clinton, whom Albright served in his first term as representative to the United Nations and in his second term as the first female secretary of state, has called the war a mistake but says the United States must nevertheless conclude its mission successfully.

        Albright, in a 70-minute chat before an audience of more than 1,500 at St. Edward's University in South Austin, called Iraq "a war of choice" and said there was now no choice but to win.

        Her remarks came in response to questions by former Mexican Secretary of State Rosario Green, who is director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward's.

        Albright and Green, who joked as often as they were serious about foreign affairs, were frequently interrupted by laughter and applause.

        They became friends at the United Nations, where Green was an assistant secretary general to former Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

        Albright criticized the Bush administration for "a deliberate way of not learning the lessons" of Clinton's efforts to make peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  She said Clinton had so impressed the Arabs that he "could be elected president of any country" in the Middle East.

        She apologized for something that occasionally draws protesters to her public appearances, though none were seen Thursday: an old remark that a U.N. trade embargo against Iraq "was worth it" despite the alleged deaths of thousands of Iraqi children from a lack of food or medicine.

        "It was a really stupid thing to say," Albright said.

        But, she said, the embargo to punish then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for refusing to comply with U.N. resolutions never prevented trade for food or medicine.  Any lack of those items for Iraqis was caused by Saddam diverting them to his cronies, she said.
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