Madeleine Albright’s Iraq Legacy

How the former Secretary of State and UN Ambassador, who died this week, failed the test of history

Micah Sifry
GEN
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8 min readMar 24, 2022

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaking at the “Pass the Baton” event in Washington, D.C. (2009, photo by dbking https://www.flickr.com/photos/65193799@N00)

In May 1996, on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Leslie Stahl asked then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the ongoing economic sanctions that the United Nations, led by the US, had imposed on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in response to his illegal invasion…

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Micah Sifry
GEN
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Co-founder Civic Hall. Publisher of The Connector newsletter (theconnector.substack.com)