Bush’s foreign policy ‘not good for world’
PARIS: US President George W Bush’s foreign policy “is not good for America, not good for the world,” Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state under Bill Clinton’s presidency, told French radio on Thursday.
In an interview with the Europe 1 station Ms Albright heavily criticised the actions of the Republican leadership that replaced the Democratic administration she worked for, and notably the “chaos” that reigns in Iraq. “America is much stronger in a multilateral system, we must be on the same side, work with other people in the world. It shouldn’t be America versus the others,” Ms Albright said, speaking in French. “It’s difficult to be in France and criticise my government. But I’m doing so because Bush and the people working for him have a foreign policy that is not good for America, not good for the world.” Ms Albright, who was US ambassador to the UN before becoming the first woman secretary of state in 1996, was in Paris to promote the French launch of her autobiography, Madame Secretary: A Memoir.
On Iraq, she said, “I fear that there really is chaos there. We don’t know what’s going to happen. One or two Americans a day are killed.” Mr Bush’s insistence that Saddam Hussein had ties to Osama had failed to convince her. —AFP