"Itís a hard choice, but I think, we, think, itís worth it."
Her response to a May 11, 1996 60 Minutes question about the over half a million children killed by the [Iraqi] sanctions
Death of 500,000 Children 'Worth It'

ďWhatís the point of having this superb military youíre always talking about, if we canít use it?Ē
... as remembered in Colin Powellís memoir. Powell wrote that he almost had an aneurysm, he was so upset. [abcnews bio]

Madeleine Albright
64th U.S. Secretary of State [Jan 23, 1997 - Jan 19, 2001]
also, Madeleine Korbel Albright

Biographical Information:

Born May 15, 1937 in Prague, ...

After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. Secretary Albright is the first female secretary of state ... Albright has three daughters
[official biography]

The Women of The Hall - Madeleine Korbel Albright
Madeleine Korbel Albright - bio at abcnews.com
Madeleine K. Albright at Washington Post
The Glass Ceiling Biographies - Madeleine Korbel Albright

THE controversy surrounding Madeleine Albright's unawareness of her family history [Thread of Time, by Kitty La Perriere, Atlantic Monthly Feb 98]

She was born "Korbel". Her fathers name was Josef Korbel. He was a member of the Czech diplomatic service and worked in Belgrade, London, and Prague before he fled with his family in 1948. She was actually brought up Catholic to avoid persecution. They fled from London when she was 2, 1939. They returned in 1945 and once again had to flee when she was 11, 1948. They were granted "political asylum" (they didn't immigrate) in the United States, and he began working at the University of Denver, where he founded a graduate school of international relations. She later married Joseph Medill Patterson Albright in 1959, a member of one of the nation's prominent newspaper dynasties. Her husband left her in 1982, and she divorced him in 1983. In 1997 she learned that she was actually Jewish and her grandparents died in a concentration camp, most likely Auchwitz. - contributed by Tracy Alfaro, 09-Jul-2002

Articles and info about ...
Sovereignty 'Madeleine's War' and the Costs of Intervention - by William E. Ratliff - Harvard International Review, Winter2001, Vol. 22 Issue 4
Analysis: Powell faces dangerous Albright legacy - By MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
AllPolitics - Players - Madeleine Albright
A Tragic Reversal: Madeleine Albright's View of Reality by Hanan Ashrawi
Madeleine Albright: The Spiritual Patron Of The Disaster In Kosovo - by Arianna Huffington
U.S. policy on Iraq draws fire in Ohio - cnn
Visit of SecState Albright to the Middle East - Jan 98
CBC News - Indepth: Madeleine Albright - July, 1999

Madeleine Albright, "Secretary of Hate" - February 11, 1997
Madeleine Albright, ethically challenged
War criminal: Madeleine Albright
The Horoscope of Mrs. Madeline Albright by Robert Tkoch


"Thank G-d, we sent George Mitchell and not Madeleine [Albright] to Ireland. We'd be bombing them this morning" -- Senator Ernest Hollings, on brokering peace in Northern Ireland Why Kosovo?

As enlarged quotes in a Washington newspaper remind us, the secretary of state has been disagreeing with herself, beginning on March 24, when she said:

"I don't see this as a long-term operation. I think that this is ... achievable within a relatively short period of time."

That was on PBS. On NBC on April 4, she said:

"We never expected this to be over quickly. The president himself has said, 'This is not a 30-second commercial.' We are in there for a long time."

[JAY AMBROSE: Madeleine Albright vs. Madeleine Albright]

Six observtions about Madeleine Albright:

1. Albright lacks compassion
Madeline Albright was asked whether the over half a million children killed by the [Iraqi] sanctions were "worth it." Her response was: "Itís a hard choice, but I think, we, think, itís worth it." [60 Minutes, May 11, 1996]

2. Albright is a lousy manager
"Relations are strained between Madeleine Albright's State Department and the reporters who cover it. Lower-level officials have been kept off-limits, their bosses discouraged from talking. But as a new press spokesman takes command, hopes for a thaw are in the air." State of Tension - AJR, April 2000

3. Albright has little ability for strategic thinking
One year after NATO first intervened in Kosovo, it appears the alliance has failed to fulfill its chief objectives, both in waging the war and keeping the peace.Kosovo: One Year Later
If victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan, it is now time to trace the lineage of the humanitarian and strategic catastrophe in Serbia to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. - Madeleine Albright: The Spiritual Patron Of The Disaster In Kosovo - by Arianna Huffington

4. US foreign policy is fundamentally flawed
The American foreign policy elite, Democrats and Republicans alike, regularly boasts that the United States is the world's only superpower -- unrivaled in its ability and willingness to project military power and influence around the globe. Yet what does this swaggering global dominance have to do with ensuring the security and safety of the Republic and its citizens? See: Year 2000 Warning from Uncle Sam: "Duck and Cover" by Ivan Eland, Cato Institute

During the 1990s, U.S. foreign policy focused on the threat posed by what was dubbed "rogue states." These states, including at various times, Iraq, Yugoslavia, North Korea, Libya and Cuba ... Given the operational and doctrinal obsession with rogue nations, it is fascinating to note that in not a single case was this policy actually successful, with the possible exception of Haiti. - stratfor.com

5. Albright is a poor communicator
Albright was drowned out at one point by a group chanting, "One, two, three, four, we don't want your racist war," as she tried to explain U.S. policy to the audience of 6,000. U.S. policy on Iraq draws fire in Ohio - cnn

6. Madeleine Albright as possible War Criminal
Protesters confronted Madeline Albright outside the induction ceremonies for the Women's Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls New York. The protest was against the U.S./UN sanctions against Iraq. The demonstration was called by a coalition of groups including the International Action Center, Iraq Sanctions Challenge, Pax Christi, Syracuse and Rochester. "Madeline Albright should be on trial in front of an international war crimes tribunal, not receiving an honor," said Sarah Sloan of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge. PRESS RELEASE - International Action Center

Should Madeline Albright be tried for War Crimes?

Albright on the web ...


Anti-war protesters greet Secretary of State Madeleine Albright after a TV interview Sunday in Washington. Analysis: Deal lets both sides win

Those who think things in Kosovo are going well might read StratFor's Russia and Yugoslavia Prepare to Test NATO 4 January 2000

We contend that NATO, led by the U.S. and Germany, is engaged in an aggressive drive to the East. We contend that humanitarian rhetoric is used to justify military and economic attacks on weaker nations. We contend that the execution of these attacks requires a misinformed public. Therefore, by helping people see the media in a critical way, we can strengthen the opposition to unjust and dangerous foreign adventures.
Real democracy - including democratic foreign policy - is impossible if our heads are stuffed with lies. The statement "the truth shall make you free" was never truer than today.
Emperors-clothes.com aims to combat media misinformation about NATO/U.S. foreign policy.

As for terrorism, it seems that it is the US government who has been dropping the bombs over the last few years and see fairly close to meeting the FBI definition of terrorism, Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives [terrorism]

Is the US cavorting with "terrorists"? Jorge Mas Canosa and Bill Clinton - then there is the issue of Israeli terrorism - "According to Israeli opposition leader Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told him today that he himself had directed the effort to kill Meshal. Senior U.S. officials, who have participated in the American efforts at damage control, confirmed that the orders came from the highest levels of Israel's government."

Perhaps her most famous comment came In an interview with Leslie Stahl of CBS on May 11, 1996, U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright was asked whether the over half a million children killed by the sanctions were "worth it." Her response was: "Itís a hard choice, but I think, we, think, itís worth it." [source]

This from an article by Thomas Oliphant; The Secretary of State [ Madeline Albright ] was convinced 10 years ago that sovereignty could not be immune from challenge in a post Cold War world, and above all, not in Europe's still unstable South. As Bosnia, and now Kosovo prove, she was right. [Jewish occupied government, or, JOG]

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was mistaken for a maid during last yearís peace negotiations for Kosovo in Rambouillet, France. According to a report in the "New York Daily News," the Secretary of State at first wasnít recognized by the Albanian delegation when she walked into their room.

ďOne member of the delegation, who didnít realize who she was, and probably thinking she was some cleaning lady because it was after midnight, simply said to her, ĎGive us five minutes and please go away,íĒ recalled Albanian diplomat Dugagjin Gorani in War on Europe, a British TV program. Instead, Albright exploded in rage, swearing at the group, according to the reports.

ďMrs. Albright started using explicit language which the translators never could translate into Albanian,Ē says Veton Surroi, another member of the delegation. Madeleine Albright Mistaken For Cleaning Lady

A graphic demonstration of the Western attitude toward human life came in the closing days of the war in Yugoslavia--after Belgrade had already agreed to withdraw its forces from Kosovo, and all that remained to be worked out were the technical details of an international occupation--when the U.S. carpet-bombed two battalions of Yugoslavian soldiers gathered in an open field near the Albanian border, who were skirmishing with KLA fighters. News reports indicated that the number of soldiers killed as a result in this meaningless battle was in the hundreds (AP, 6/9/99).FAIR ACTION ALERT

"The descendants of Karl Nebrich, an Austrian industrialist, claim that Albright's father, Josef Korbel, a former Czech foreign ministry official who was Jewish, stole millions of dollars' worth of art and furniture from them, then fled with it and his family to America at the end of the war." - Biography of Madeline Albright at christianbiblestudy.org:

Was Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's father an art thief? According to a story in the Times of London, Albright's father, Czech diplomat Josef Korbel, stole paintings worth millions of dollars, along with antique furniture and silver, from the house of an ethnic German who left Prague as World War II drew to a close. Descendants of Karl Nebrich appear ready to sue Albright's family for the return of the artwork, which may have been smuggled out of Czechoslovakia in a diplomatic pouch. The paintings are by European masters, and some date from the 16th century. An Albright family attorney denies that the paintings were obtained illegally. [wired May. 18, 1999]

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