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Albright criticizes Bush's good vs evil rhetoric

London, March 24, IRNA-Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Friday criticized the Bush administration's newly unveiled national security strategy based on the good vs. evil rhetoric.

Albright said it was "more tragedy than strategy" that three years after the invasion of Iraq and the invention of the phrase "axis of evil," the administration now highlights such a threat.

"It is sometimes convenient, for purposes of rhetorical effect, for national leaders to talk of a globe neatly divided into good and bad. It is quite another, however, to base the policies of the world's most powerful nation upon that fiction," she said.

"The administration's penchant for painting its perceived adversaries with the same sweeping brush has led to a series of unintended consequences," the former US secretary of state warned in an article for the Financial Times.

She said when the US president invaded Iraq, he may have thought he was striking a blow for good over evil but "the forces unleashed were considerably more complex."

"The administration is now divided between those who understand this complexity and those who do not."

There were now officials on the front lines in Iraq who "know they cannot succeed in assembling a workable government in that country without the tacit blessing of Iran" and led to last week's long overdue plans for a US-Iranian dialogue on Iraq, she said.

The US secretary of state offered three suggestions to the US, firstly to end the tyranny on the world and being solving Iraq's problems, which it was no longer able to control, by acting in a useful role of a referee.

"Second, the US administration should disavow any plan for regime change in Iran," she said, adding that its endorsement only made it less likely.

The third was for the US to "stop playing solitaire while Middle East and Persian Gulf leaders play poker."

The US president pledged that "American must continue to lead," in the world but Albright said that "actually it is the world he must begin to address - before it is too late."

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