Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Madeleine Albright speaks at Princeton: a follow-up note

Last week, I saw Madeleine Albright speak at Princeton, and wrote it up as a TigerHawk/Belmont Club exclusive. Now the video is up (scroll down to "4 pm Friday" and pick your favorite bandwidth). The video is worth watching for three reasons. First, Albright is, for better or for worse, the most well-known and probably the most serious foreign policy expert that the Democratic Party has. It is useful to listen to her, if for no other reason than to hear the "reasonable version" of the mainstream Democratic criticism of United States foreign policy under Bush. And, frankly, she has a number of interesting observations that she would not have made on a Sunday news show and which I failed to capture in my notes. Second, at 56:45, you can hear what she says about Kim Jong-Il, which is hilarious. Third, at 47:30, you can hear me -- TigerHawk -- ask her the best question I could muster about the Clinton administration's policy toward Iran. That alone is worth the price of admission.


Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

Thanks for your most excellent posts and commentary in Wretchard's absence. He chose well in you and we all were enriched by your company.

I have chosen to use the Madeleine Albright speech for my Bus Com assignment(remedial) class assignment to critic a speaker.

Rich target environment!

5/03/2006 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

A McCaffrey Report MP3 is up at
as well as some other WICKED takes on al-Zarkawi and Juan Cole.

McCaffrey is attributed, THANKS Wretchard D. Cat!

5/03/2006 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

The North Koreans pressured her into signing a document stating the US had no hostile intent while she was there, eh? Interesting. Didn't know about that one.

They must have been walking back from the runway laughing and high-fiving each other after watching her take off to fly back to the US.

5/04/2006 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

Very windy question! ;<) Thanks for your interesting posts.

5/04/2006 05:12:00 AM  
Blogger TigerHawk said...

charles martel -

1. Nice handle. Thanks for Poitiers.

2. I felt the need to educate the audience. Didja note that the good Secretary quite candidly admitted my observation that her apology was met with a "stiff arm?" Actually, she handled that question more directly than I expected, and on review of the video I decided that she gave a more complete answer than I thought hearing it live.

5/04/2006 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sam's comment is pertinent to my point:
Why should we believe ANYTHING this thing says?
On Hannity Show, she REPEATEDLY asserted that bin Laden could not have been picked up from Sudan. (massaged it into "They did not offer him to us.")
Despite the fact that Bill Clinton was captured on tape categorically putting the lie to that assertion in his description of his options the actions he took, or rather did not take regarding that incident.
A caller to Limbaugh reminded us how she effectively functioned as Defense Secretary for a while as she acted out her personal feelings wrt Bosnia.
Made me think about how unsettling to Russia and other countries this country can appear, in that every four or 8 years the deck is reshuffled, last coming up with two Jokers like Clinton and Halfbright.
The Media Blackout on the Christian Church Burnings by the RoP is another scandal perpetrating the lie as seen from our PC perverted perspective.
Russia lives with a different reality.

5/04/2006 05:27:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

tigerhawk, 5:17 AM


Charles the Hammer was no Benedict Arnold, as Abd. er-Rahman would learn on the battlefield at Poitiers-Tours.

5/04/2006 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...


Charles Martel also did something that Ms. Albright and the Democrats are failing to do; i.e., rather than bemoaning the ineffectuality of his predecessors and peers, he created an alternative, indeed, a revolutionary alternative: Martel fielded a relatively disciplined, cohesive Frankish army, fighting on foot.

Pardon my failure to compliment your fine work here.

5/04/2006 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Bush believes that God is talking directly to him, and thus that when you are fighting with America, you are fighting with God.
God is on our side.
OTH: Hillary's Seances with Eleanor Roosevelt were A-OK

5/04/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Mad Madeline:
"Stalin, on Balance, was good for the Country:
He pulled it out of Serfdom.

5/04/2006 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Condescensional Wisdom
George Will.
JK Galbraith and Halfbright share an extremely elitist perspective, imo.

5/04/2006 02:44:00 PM  
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5/04/2006 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger darwin said...

I don't typically post in the comments here but I read your Albright bit and found it interesting.. and I heard her on NPR's "Fresh Air" yesterday:

A little known detail of Albright's time at the UN is that she argued with Richard Clarke in favor of leaving a token international mission in Rwanda :

Q: Can you tell the story that you talk about in your book of the instructions that came to you at the U.N. about the U.S. position on calling for a full withdrawal of U.N. forces?

A: The secretary-general basically came to the Security Council with three options: either to reinforce this UNAMIR group, which really was inadequate; to withdraw it completely; or to have a kind of medium option of some reinforcement of it. My instructions were to support full withdrawal. I listened to the discussion very carefully in the Security Council. I could see that our position was wrong, and especially in listening to the African delegate, Ambassador Gambari from Nigeria, [who] was very moving on this.
I felt that I would get a better hearing if I called the National Security Council, which I did, and they said, "Well, no, we're worrying about this, and these are your instructions." I actually screamed into the phone. I said, "They're unacceptable. I want them changed." So they told me to chill out and calm down. But ultimately, they did send me instructions that allowed us to do a reinforcement of UNAMIR; not a massive changing of the mandate and enlarging it or withdrawing it, but the middle option allowed me to support that.

Q: I have been told you talked to Richard Clarke, that the conversation was with him.

A: That is correct.


5/04/2006 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

Well, if she's got Joschka Fischer on her side, what's there to doubt?

Let's just get Jacques Chirac and Danny the Red, and we'll have a good old time.

5/06/2006 11:03:00 AM  

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