Frankenstein's back, with a resounding endorsement of Barack Obama. I refer, of course, to the reemergence in public of former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Albright chastized Bush and defended Obama's statement that he would be happy to talk to Iran and other enemies of the United States. Albright blasted the current approach to the Middle East and made the anodyne point that it is just as important to communicate with one's adversaries as it is to communicate with one's friends.
I realize that some conservatives have a big problem with America talking to the bad guys. They become very indignant at the idea that we might even converse with anyone who is implicated in terrorism. I don’t share this view. I don’t have a problem with talking to anyone, as long as you go into the meeting with a lot of loaded guns.
In other words, my problem is not with talking with folks like Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. The problem is: who is going to do the talking? Certainly a President McCain has the experience and resolve to sit across the table with the bad guys and not fall for their deceptions or give in to their pressures. With an unseasoned guy like Obama, whose global experience may be confined to an occasional visit to the International House of Pancakes, who knows?
With Albright too it is credibility that becomes an issue. After all she was a stalwart member of the Bush cabinet. Let’s remember Bill Clinton’s insistence, in his interview with Chris Wallace, that he spent four years trying to get Bin Laden. Yet between 1996 and 1999 Bin Laden was a public figure. He granted interviews to author Robert Risk, to Peter Arnett of CNN, to John Miller of ABC News, to a freelancer for Time magazine, and to the Pakistani journalist Abdel Bari Atwan. He even held a press conference near Khost. So how come all these journalists could find Bin Laden but not the Clinton administration? We are forced to conclude that Clinton simply wasn’t serious about going after the guy who not only declared war on us but engineered massive strikes against our embassies in Africa and against the U.S.S. Cole.
Now let’s focus specifically on Albright. On May 11, 1996 this woman was asked by a television interviewer for "60 Minutes" whether she was troubled by the fact that Clinton-supported sanctions had resulted in the death of 500,000 Iraqi children. "It's a hard choice," she replied, "but we think it's worth it."