Skip to comments.Madeleine Albright: Bush Talks 'Victory' Too Much
Posted on 12/31/2005 10:21:56 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax
In an interview posted on the Democratic National Committee's web site, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she doesn't like the way President Bush "repeatedly" talks about achieving victory in the Iraq war.
"I was very troubled recently, particularly by [Bush's] first speech to the Naval Academy," the former top Clinton diplomat complains in a DNC audio webcast.
"They clearly had some kind of a new pollster in the White House tell them that the word 'victory' had to be repeated endlessly," Albright griped. "Plus, [there was] the backdrop that said 'victory' and then there was 'victory' on the podium. I don't know how many times he used the word 'victory.'"
Still, despite her discomfort over President Bush's victory talk, Albright insisted that she and other Democrats really do want the U.S. to prevail in Iraq.
"There's not a Democrat who doesn't want this to work," Albright said. "I think that Democrats are united in not wanting this to fail."
Still, she credited her party with forcing a debate over the question of how President Bush managed to take the country to war without "really having a very good discussion of it."
And Albright complained that it isn't fair for Democrats "to be called unpatriotic simply for asking questions and having a debate."
She also took some pot shots at her successor, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, suggesting that her performance during a recent trip to Europe was a diplomatic embarrassment.
Noting that Rice was repeatedly pressed by reporters to clarify U.S. "torture" policy, Albright said, "I don't think it was a trip that was particularly the one that she had in mind."
"Given the fact that it's being written that she has a great deal of influence with the president, she may have come back and said, 'You know, this was not a great trip - we've got to do something.'"
The former top Clinton diplomat suggested that Dr. Rice may be in over her head, telling the DNC: "I think that you would have had to have been really asleep at the switch not to know what a very hard trip she had and one presumes that others in the White House read the newspapers and could see she had a very hard trip."
the problem is the dems now associate victory in iraq with their own defeat. it's TOO BAD they can't see that victory for the US means we are these UNITED states, not just a Republican run administration.
And Albright's key phrase she has repeated numerous times during and after her stint as SoS was "we didn't have enough intelligence..."
Maybe she meant intelligence as in collected information. Maybe she meant intelligence as in brain sense.
Either way, she and the Clinton administration came up short.
It depends on what the meaning of VICTORY is.
Why not? Albright talks defeat too much. Loser!
Diplomat? I thought she was the cleaning lady.
Madie, it's like in sports, you look where you want to go. Keep your eye on the basket, prize, etc. In mountain biking, if you look at the tree, you hit the tree. We look at victory, expect it and achieve it. I guess that explains the dems' view and their achievements lately.
And pushed for the UN's Oil For Food program
how true. They would accept nothing less than our defeat in Iraq. There was a time, that would be considered treasonous.
Boy even the maid has an opinion on things.
Notalbright doesn't understand "winning" like Jimmah Cahtah didn't.
I'm just thankfull no one has poster a pic of this nasty old lady.
Democrats are considered unpatriotic not because they are asking questions or debating, but because they don't like the idea of an American victoryand they are doing what they can to prevent it.
Victory for you, great one kim.
I can see how the word "Victory" could upset Bill Clinton's chief appeaser. She played some fine fiddle while Rome burned.
Methinks thou doth protest too much.
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