The Grand Dame of Diplomacy, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke to Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday morning discussing a variety of topics from Putin and the crisis in Ukraine to the Israeli-Palestinian situation and our relationship with the world.
“Have you ever — I mean I can remember times when the nation, I thought, was coming apart, 1968 and the — the battle over — over Vietnam and all of that, the ’68 Democratic Convention,” Schieffer began.
“But can you recall a time when there was so much trouble in so many different places around the world?” He asked.
Albright acknowledged that those of us who grew up in the latter part of the twentieth century grew up in a very different world where we were concerned about the threat from the Soviet Union:
“But what has happened now is that we are seeing problems in a variety of places, some of it due to globalization, frankly, which has a opposite side hat has caused a lot of nationalism in those countries that — or places where people feel lost within kind of the facelessness of globalization.
And then because of technology, because there is so much connectivity, but also not an understanding of all the various pieces of the news that come into us.”
Albright went on to say that the behavior of Vladimir Putin, first in Crimea and then in Ukraine, is one of the major contributors to the instability in the world and that the artificially drawn borders in the Middle East after WWII was another factor.
“So these are huge game-changers,” she said. “And we are, a lot of Americans, trying to figure out where the countries are. Most Americans knew very little about Islam. They certainly didn’t know the difference between Shia and Sunni.”
She then went on to sum up the state of the world in one short sentence:
“But to put it mildly, the world is a mess.”
Watch a clip from the interview below.