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FOX's Wendell Goler gets Madeleine Albright totally wrong

Reported by Chrish - January 5, 2006

Wendell Goler reported from the White House for The Big Story today 1/5/06 on the unusual meeting Bush held with former Secretaries of State and Defense from every administration dating back to JFK. Gibson characterized the meeting as Bush "going outside his administration for advice" though it was reported later in the segment and a subsequent follow-up segment with Lawrence Eagleburger that the dissent was strongly muted, and when someone did question Bush's policies, Bush was "down his throat."

After a clip was shown of Bush thanking the Secretaries for their advice, Goler said

"former Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, for one, told (Bush) 'the war in Iraq, Iraq was a war of neccesity, not of choice, but she said, now that we're there getting it right is a matter of necessity, not choice. Reagan administration Secretary of State Al Haig said most of the indicators in Iraq seem to have improved significantly. Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger who served in the first Bush administration said what criticism there was was actually fairly mild."

But that is not Madeleine Albright's position on the Iraq invasion; in fact it is the opposite. Speaking on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer she stated

"But I believe that, in fact, this was a war of choice, not of necessity and that we should have been paying much more attention to what happened in Afghanistan, because, after all, those who attacked us, did not come from Iraq, they came from Afghanistan. And we took our eye off the ball in Afghanistan."

The way Goler presented the selections it appeared that the most recent Secretaries, presumably the most informed and up-to-date on the situation in the Middle East, were in agreement with Bush when that is not the case. I watched the rest of the show waiting for a clarification or correction, but none was given.

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