Madeleine Albright

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Madeleine Korbel Albright, (born Marie Jana Korbelova on May 15, 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) served as the 64th US Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. Prior to this, she had served as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. Of Jewish descent, her parents converted to Catholicism to avoid persecution in what was to become a Nazi dominated Czechoslovakia. In 1948 the family moved to America after fleeing to London in 1939.

Albright made history as she became the first female Secretary of State.

Dead children "worth it"

Four years into the Clinton administration The Lancet British medical journal reported 567,000 Iraqi children had died under the sanctions. President Clinton made his position clear: "There is no difference between my policy and the policy of the [previous] administration."[1] By June 1993 Bill Clinton began bombing Baghdad.

In a 60 Minute interview CBS reporter Lesley Stahl had this exchange with Secretary of State Madelaine Albright:

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

Albright : I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.[2][3]

Hard Choices became the title of Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House memoirs.


  1. CLINTON AFFIRMS U.S. POLICY ON IRAQ, By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, New York Times, January 15, 1993
  2. Madeleine Albright says 500,000 dead Iraqi Children was "worth it" wins Medal of Freedom.
  3. ‘We Think the Price Is Worth It’, By Rahul Mahajan, FAIR, 1 Nov. 2001