French President Francois Hollande’s comment that “you don’t bug the portable phones of people you meet regularly at international summits” didn’t match the experience of former U.K. officials who recalled warnings of French espionage.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that it’s “ridiculous” for Republican critics to accuse former Senator Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice for defense secretary, of being anti-Israel.
Twenty years ago, in a debate over the war in Bosnia, Madeleine Albright, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, issued a challenge to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell. Albright wanted the U.S. to confront an aggressive Serbia; Powell and the Pentagon were hesitant. Albright grew frustrated: “What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” Albright asked. Powell later said that he thought Albright was going to give him an aneurysm.
Secretary of State John Kerry consulted with Henry Kissinger, the 90-year-old embodiment of Cold War foreign policy, before heading off to negotiate with his Russian counterpart over Syria’s chemical weapons.