Albright discusses 9/11 on occasion of ninth anniversary

The former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who served in the Clinton administration and is of Czech origin, has suggested nine years after 9/11 that questions pertaining to the attacks - including what needed to be done about terrorism - remain. Mrs Albright, currently in London for a conference on the 70th anniversary of the founding of European exile governments during World War II, spoke to the Czech news agency. She told ČTK that the US made a mistake after 9/11 by not reacting to offers of help from NATO and other allies. And she said that former president George W. Bush had erred when it came to Iraq.

In her view, the former president should have focussed more on Afghanistan where plans for the September 11 attacks originated. According to Mrs Albright, the Clinton administration also had a problem with Iraq as no one knew whether the regime had nuclear weapons; but she said the administration had not favoured committing ground troops.

Author: Jan Velinger