US Secretary of State Antony Blinken caught flak after he praised the legacy of Madeleine Albright, who once appeared to justify the deaths of Iraqi children, saying that she made the country more respected globally.
Blinken took to Twitter on Friday to hail Albright, a former US ambassador to the UN and secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, as a woman of courage.
During her diplomatic career as U.S. Ambassador to the UN & the first female Secretary of State, her tenacity & effectiveness left the U.S. stronger & more respected globally, Blinken tweeted, adding that Albright is a role model for him and many of our diplomats.
His choice of role model struck many as odd. The replies were inundated with the clip of Albrights infamous 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, in which Albright said that the deaths of half a million Iraqi children allegedly due to sanctions was worth it.
Albright, yourself, and your predecessor Pompeo all prove that the US only chooses literal psychopaths to head the State Department, Independent Australian journalist Caitlin Johnstone tweeted, calling the State Department Americas other war department.
So proud to have a woman justifying mass murder! Neoliberal imperialism. Its like the slow-boiling lobster. People dont realize it until its too late, a self-professed anti-fascist and BLM supporter said.
Another critic said that with his praise for Albright, he was at least admitting that imposing sanctions that cause children to suffer is what US officials deem role-model behavior.
One person said Blinken could have avoided all the controversy by simply picking a non-war criminal.
Albright later criticized Stahls interview, claiming she unwittingly fell into a trap planted by the journalist and did not mean to suggest that Iraqi children are dispensable. However, the backlash she faced following the segment did not appear to influence her views on the issue of sanctions. Asked at an event in Charlottesville in 2012 about the US sanctions on Iran, Albright outright rejected the parallel with Iraq, saying they were absolutely not the same.
Albright was also one of the most outspoken champions of the 1999 US-led NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, over alleged atrocities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
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Most recently, the former diplomat courted controversy for saying there is a special place in hell for women who do not support then- presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.