Dear Madeleine Albright

Regarding the precedents of international intervention that were set in the 1990s

You write that despite the precedents set in the 1990s, “the concept of humanitarian intervention has lost momentum”, mainly due to the US invasion of Iraq.

Likewise, the title of your op-ed, “The end of intervention” suggests that the 90s were a sort of golden age for humanitarian intervention.

We might even have taken you seriously if you had so much as mentioned one word—Rwanda—in all of the 782 words that make up your essay. Since you don’t, as that sage advised, your “advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”

5 thoughts on “Dear Madeleine Albright”

  1. Apni diyar Madeline was foreign policy advisor in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Thank the lawd, she won’t make it into the white house next year.
    Obama’s advisor zbig is another worry though.

  2. Considering that the U.S. could have done something as simple as jam radio signals to prevent armed thugs from slaughtering innocents in Rwanda, it takes tremendous chutpah for Albright to lecture. Not to mention the thousands of Iraqi children who died because of the Iraq embargo.

  3. “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
    -Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
    -Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    All of the people who served in government during the 1990’s have worked very hard to disparage Bush and rewrite history. Why the words of albright, clinton, pelosi, etc. and what was said and done has not been put out there is beyond me. All the pundits cover up and forget.

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