Key Obama Advisor Albright Slams Bush, U.S. & Rice In Germany
BERLIN — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has blasted President Bush, the current U.S. administration’s handling of the Georgia crisis including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying her first move would have been to travel to Russia to plead for cooperation and talks.
In an interview with the online service of German news weekly Der Spiegel Sunday, Albright said she would have criticized the Russian military surge into Georgia and recognition of two Georgian rebel enclaves but rather than just criticize them as President Bush and Secretary Rice have done, she would have reassured Moscow over its security fears, offered them aide and cooperation.
“I would have gone straight to Moscow, unlike the current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose actions have been ineffective” she said, in remarks printed in German.
“I would have told the Russians in no uncertain terms that this behaviour is unacceptable. At the same time, I would have assured them that there is no threat at their borders.”
Traditionally members of former administrations and the members of other political parties have always refrained from attacking a current Presidential Administration on foreign soil.
Albright, 71, is one of Barack Obama’s lead foreign policy consultants and surogates, and it is unknown at this time if Albright’s attack was a policy pronouncement of the Obama campaign, a planned political attack from one of Obama’s key foreign policy advisors, or not.
Albright recently declared:
“We need a president who is not wedded to 20th century thinking, who can forge a network of power and principle that will keep America strong and safe in the 21st century That person is Barack Obama.”