Q&A: Madeleine Albright on ISIS, terror recruitment and the frustrations of campaign season

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Madeleine Albright on the Ebola crisis: "What we need are people that are not just hysterically going to criticize or make this a political football."

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  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 10/20/2014 - 01:09 pm.

    Clearing the Shelf

    The Dems certainly appear to be clearing their shelf of spare parts in this campaign. Madeleine Albright? In a final push for Millenials, they bring in Madeleine Albright? Wow! Do you guys even know who she was? Here’s some background stuff the author omitted:

    Among her other accomplishments, Sec. of State Albright pushed Bill Clinton toward the Balkans, the textbook source of WWI, as well as her father’s homeland, campaigning strongly for intervention. Bill seemed to defer decision, apparently making a deal with her something like this: If you can get our allies (NATO) to come in with us, I’ll do it. That’s the way it seemed at the time, anyway. So, Madeleine jetted all over our friends, back and forth, back and forth, reasoning and cajoling, cajoling and reasoning. Understandably, they knew much more about the Balkans than we certainly did (WWI again), and wanted no part of it. Finally she succeeded with some kind of leverage, and they were in on that coalition. Pres. Clinton declared the conflict righteous and critical, but not exactly a “war.”

    Enter Gen. Wesley Clark, Supreme NATO Commander, organizing the military parties and drawing up the battle plans. You probably don’t know, when you here him introduced on cable shows and elsewhere by his long-lost title, that he pretty much botched his job, alienating many of our NATO allies in the process. That internal conflict was so bad that Clinton had to fire Wes Clark as Supreme Commander. He should more appropriately be introduced today as “the terminated former commander.” It was a mess, but we all finally declared victory. If you ever find some, ask those campaign vets.

    By the way, we still have troops in the Balkans, as well. Did you know?

  2. Submitted by Jim Million on 10/20/2014 - 01:28 pm.

    Sorry “Millenials”

    aging eyes and fingers, regardless of proofing

  3. Submitted by Ilya Gutman on 10/20/2014 - 07:13 pm.

    More questions

    Why didn’t MinnPost ask what the reason to bomb Yugoslavia was? And why it was OK to bomb Libya but not Syria? And how come there are so many analysts around saying that bombing is ineffective?

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