Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) had an article back in late 2001 with a quote from then Clinton administration Secretary Madeleine Albright during an interview with Lesley Stahl. Concerning U.S. sanctions against Iraq, Albright thought the half million dead Iraqi children were worth it.
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit who posted the following video.
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.
From the FAIR arcticle…
It’s worth noting that on 60 Minutes, Albright made no attempt to deny the figure given by Stahl–a rough rendering of the preliminary estimate in a 1995 U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that 567,000 Iraqi children under the age of five had died as a result of the sanctions. In general, the response from government officials about the sanctions’ toll has been rather different: a barrage of equivocations, denigration of U.N. sources and implications that questioners have some ideological axe to grind (Extra!, 3-4/00).
There has also been an attempt to seize on the lowest possible numbers. In early 1998, Columbia University’s Richard Garfield published a dramatically lower estimate of 106,000 to 227,000 children under five dead due to sanctions, which was reported in many papers (e.g. New Orleans Times-Picayune, 2/15/98). Later, UNICEF came out with the first authoritative report (8/99), based on a survey of 24,000 households, suggesting that the total “excess” deaths of children under 5 was about 500,000.
Remember the Iraqi government just released figures on how many Iraqis (civilians, military and police) have been killed during the last five years – mostly all by terrorists/insurgents – and the total is estimated to be 85,000.
The Lancent survey of Iraq war casualties, often cited by anti-war activists and politicians, provided a peer reviewed study revealing deaths to be more than seven times what the Iraqi government just released.
Back to Gateway Pundit yesterday…