Sunday, September 20, 2009
Madeleine Albright - A Sovietphile, Who Knew?
Remember Madeleine Albright? She was our 64th secretary of state, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2000, she presented Kim Jung IL ("Dear Leader" of North Korea) with a basketball autographed by Michael Jordan, which was arguably the most memorable accomplishment in her career at State. We spoke earlier of politicians who don't really like America too much, but she gets a special award in that category. Turns out, Albright is a hopeless Sovietphile, and doesn't even like our form of government very much. She is an obvious globalist, and I can't think of a harsher pejorative to level at her. She, like her friend Al Gore, would interpret E Pluribus Unum as one of many rather than as: out of many - One. Neither she nor Al believe in American exceptionalism: We're just another country in the new world order.
She recently spoke at a forum in Omsk, Siberia, and Powerline reports that, according to Pravda (a Russian news source), her speech surprised the audience. (The emphasis in the below excerpt is mine.)
Madeleine Albright said during the meeting that America no longer had the intention of being the first nation of the world.
Ms. Albright started her speech in Russian. "Hello and thank you! It's a pleasure for me to be here," she said in Russian. Albright wrote in her autobiography that she was trying to learn some Russian during the 1960s.
The former US Secretary of State surprised the audience with her speech. She particularly said that democracy was not the perfect system. "It can be contradictory, corrupt and may have security problems," Albright said.
America has been having hard times recently, Albright said.
"We have been talking about our exceptionalism during the recent eight years. Now, an average American wants to stay at home - they do not need any overseas adventures. We do not need new enemies," Albright said adding that Beijing, London and Delhi became a serious competition for Washington and New York.
"My generation has made many mistakes. We give the future into the hands of the young. Your prime goal is to overcome the gap between the poor and the rich,' the former head of the US foreign political department said.
Powerline added this:
By the way, since "overcoming the gap between the poor and the rich" is the world's number one priority, do you suppose Albright waived her speaker's fee, which is listed coyly as more than $40,000? No, I don't think so, either.
A prediction from popblogger: Hillary Clinton will not go down in history as our worst secretary of state.