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Listen to her whole speech with Q&A here:

Madeline Albright took the podium at Town Hall last night to share some of the thoughts from

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Albright: Iraq War And a Few Yuks at Town Hall

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Listen to her whole speech with Q&A here:

Madeline Albright took the podium at Town Hall last night to share some of the thoughts from her latest book Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership. And p.s. she thinks that President Elect should be Hillary Clinton.

The end of the Clinton administration was the best thing that happened to Al Gore, and Albright has a little of the same. No more stuffy non-partisan diplo-speak. She started off with a tale of airport security that was rewarded with raucous laughter from the audience, and then she got serious about foreign policy.

The short version is: Once upon a time, America was seen as a leader of world justice. And now the stars and bars bring to mind Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. (Thanks a lot Bush/Cheney.) The next president must be confident but not always certain. "A certain president doesn't even know what he doesn't know." (You like how she did that? Certain and "certain"? Hilarity ensues!)

U.S. foreign policy is a mess and we're pretty much stuck with only diplomacy and guns available to fix it. So Albright has a list of five priorities for the next woman ahem to sit in the Oval Office:

1) Fight terrorists without creating more. Easier said than done, but it has a lot to do with things like replacing U.S. troops in Iraq with other security forces. She added that the Iraq War has been the biggest foreign policy disaster ever, including Vietnam.

2) Rethink the nuclear treaties we've all signed and promptly ignored.

3) Stop trying to plant democracies and find ways to support the ones that exist. Imposition of democracy gives it a bad name.

4) Globalization is inevitable, deal with it. Albright was Secretary of State during the WTO riots, a fact she noted. For what it's worth, she would like to see tighter regulations and controls.

5) Global warming, because isn't this on everyone's list?

Her thoughts aren't surprising, but she has the background to speak intelligently, and she was patient with the more far out questioners, one of whom even brought a tape. And when a documentary filmmaker asked her about the Niger Dela, she responded by asking the filmmaker to give her card to Albright's assistant. This is a more relaxed, partisan and even funny Madame Secretary. Expect to see a lot from her if the Dems win this November.

 
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