Albright Suggests Direct Talks With Iran
The nation's military forces are overstretched and the U.S. should seek direct talks with Iran instead of making threats, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said. "The last thing we need is to invade another country," Albright told an audience of 800 people during a speech Tuesday night at Town Hall.The US administrations postition is that the Iranian crisis is not a problem between the US and Iran but Iran and the world community and therefore the international community not the US alone needs to deal with the crisis. Direct talks with Iran will also create fear among the Iranian people that we are preparing to abandon their for freedom and real democracy.
Albright also suggested that an official high in the Bush administration should give a speech in response to a letter that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent Monday to the president. READ MORE
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other officials have portrayed the 18-page letter, the first from an Iranian head of state to an American president in the 27 years, as a stalling tactic while the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council discuss what to do about Iran's nuclear program.
Albright, who served in the Clinton administration, was in town to promote "The Mighty and the Almighty," her book on the role of religion in international relations.