Albright visits University of Denver, slams Bush presidency
DENVER – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright criticized the Bush administration’s approach to foreign policy Wednesday, saying the handling of the Iraq war has been a disaster and that the next president should be open to talking with the leaders of rogue nations.”Iraq will go down in history as the biggest disaster in American foreign policy,” Albright said, adding that the candidate elected to replace Bush will have “a very difficult presidency” because of the state of the world.”It’s a mess – that’s a diplomatic term. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the world in such disarray,” she said.Albright’s comments came in a forum at the University of Denver on the day when the college renamed its Graduate School of International Studies after her father, Josef Korbel.Korbel, a former Czechoslovak diplomat, founded the university’s international studies program in 1964 and was a mentor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she attended the university.Albright said she and Rice learned different things from her father in their approach to foreign policy.”I think there’s a difference in being a daughter and being a student,” Albright told The Associated Press before the forum.Albright, now a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign service, became the first woman ever to serve as the secretary of state when she was appointed by President Clinton.She has been an advocate of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s run for president, but said she will support whoever is the Democratic candidate. She said the differences between Sen. Barack Obama and Clinton are not many compared to the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain.Albright didn’t hold back in her criticism of the current administration.”When President Bush said that Iraq was going to be a model democracy, I don’t know a lot of leaders who look at Iraq and say, ‘I want my country to look just like that.’ So it has not really helped with the image of democracy,” she told the AP.”You can’t impose democracy,” she continued. “That’s an oxymoron.”Albright said the next president should be open to talking to the leaders of countries like Iran and North Korea, a topic that has become a much discussed issue between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.”I am for talking. I see no disadvantage to it,” Albright said, later decrying Bush’s recent comments before the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.”I am appalled by what President Bush did in the Knesset, which is to say that talking to your enemies is appeasement,” Albright said.
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