Mistakes, Madeleine Albright and Dead Iraqi Children

Newsweek has a feature called “My Favorite Mistake,” where a famous person talks about something they’ve done wrong.http://www.fair.org/blog/wp-admin/edit.php

This week (7/24/11) it’s former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The mistake she cited was when she wore the wrong pin to a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and then said something critical about his Chechnya policy. (The best mistakes are the most self-serving ones, apparently.)

When I saw the headline, I was half-wondering if she’d talk about her famous defense of killing Iraqi children on 60 Minutes (5/12/96):

Leslie Stahl asks Albright: “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

To which Albright replies: “I think this is a very hard choice. But the price–we think the price is worth it.”

Iraq did come up in the Newsweek piece, when Albright wrote, “We had sanctions on Iraq then, and I was instructed to keep saying terrible things about Saddam Hussein.”

I would agree that she said something terrible.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.