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Madeleine Albright on the Arab Spring

I enjoyed this Jon Stewart interview of Madeleine Albright.  The latter stands out as one of our brighter public servants of the last several decades, combining a formidable intellect with wit and a warm humanism.

Madeleine Albright Interview

I thought the comments about the need to balance idealistic and realistic tendencies were spot on.  And her answer on how the US should handle the Arab Spring, where democracy leads to the election of leaders unpalatable to US interests: trust the democratic ideal and let it work, but also make sure it includes democratic checks and balances such as mechanisms for regular future elections.

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