“As secretary, I will do everything I can to talk about foreign policy not in brief, but in human terms and on both sides,” he said. “I think this is essential because in our democracy, policies that are not understood and supported at home cannot be pursued abroad.”
He then embarked on a nine-nation world tour of Rome, Paris, London, Brussels, Bonn, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. It was a tour to get to know you, to capture his problems, his language skills and Mr. Clinton’s leadership revealed her centrality as a foreign policy classifier and spokeswoman. She created excitement everywhere and had a wonderful time.
“Everyone has their own style, mine is people to people,” he said during a walk in Rome. “I try my best. I enjoy it.”
A test in Iraq
During the relatively quiet years Mr. As Clinton’s top diplomat, Ms. Albright handled regional conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Haiti, Northern Ireland and the Middle East, but not wider wars. He encouraged NATO expansion to the former Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe and defended the continued sanctions against Iraq.
A crisis erupted on Ms. Albright’s watch in late 1997 and early 1998, when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein blocked access to UN observers where Iraqi chemical and biological weapons were believed to be hidden. At the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War a Security Council resolution was passed.
After several months of warnings and a U.S. military build-up in the region, Ms. Albright and Mr. Clinton has threatened to launch devastating airstrikes on Iraq if the sites are not reopened. “Iraq is a simple choice,” Ms Albright said in a public statement to Hussein. “Face the reverse course or consequences.”