Madeleine Albright & Maurice Tempelsman Q&A
Regarding Madeleine Albright's Relationship With Maurice Tempelsman
From Suzan Mazur in New York
Following are excerpts from former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's May 2 address to her first live Mighty and the Almighty book tour audience - at New York's Union Square Barnes & Noble.
Secretary Albright's discussion of her morality & foreign policy book was immediately followed by two questions about her widely-rumored romantic relationship with diamond broker Maurice Tempelsman during the Clinton years, some say resulting in Tempelsman enjoying executive privileges secured through Albright.
Madeleine Albright: This is my first audience about this book and I'm very glad to do it right here. . . . I am not pretending to be a theologian and I haven't turned into a religious mystic. But I really did think that given those things that are going on in the world especially after 9-11, that it was very important to explore the role that God & religion plays in American foreign policy. . .
There are four really basic ideas I explore. One is the importance of morality in foreign policy. I do believe it is important to have a moral foreign pollicy.
The second idea that I look at is basically the result of being in Washington at the moment, which is a horrible place. . . . I have lived in Washington since 1968 and I have participated in many political activities. I have always loved politics. I worked on Capitol Hill. And for Senator Muskie. And then I worked in the White House for President Carter and President Clinton. And I've always loved politics. But now it's a very nasty business.
And what I've been looking at is how to unblock our system and to look at issues that right and left can actually do together. . . .
I had a conference with a peculiar partner for me and that's Senator Sam Brownback. We actually found a number of issues that we could agree on. For starters there are four:
--How to stop genocide
--How to stop trafficking in people
[Brownback has for years refused to address the merchandising of women in polygamy cults up and down the US Rocky Mountains.]
--How to help refugees.
--And religious tolerance.
Osama bin Laden is a horrible evil human being and the people that follow him are really murdering innocents. He would be irrelevant if he were not raising some very important questions about peoples' relationship with God. . .
And what I am recommending now is that we actually have to take religion and God into consideration. That doesn't mean that traditional diplomacy is out the window. . . . But, in fact, we have to recognize the reality that religion plays. . . .
The best part of no longer being Secretary Of State is that I can now answer the questions.
Suzan Mazur: How did you view your relationship with Maurice Tempelsman during the Clinton Administration years?
Madeleine Albright: How did I? Well, I have known Maurice Tempelsman quite a long time. In fact, I saw him last night when I was at the Council on Foreign Relations.
For those of you who don't know him, he is a very interesting businessman in New York. He has been very involved in a variety of political affairs that are part of our political discussion.
And then I'm chairman of the board of the National Democratic Institute and Maurice is a member of my board. And somebody that's been on it a long time. Has very vast knowledge about Africa. So he's a very good friend.
Suzan Mazur: Was it a romantic relationship?
A Blushing Madeleine Albright: With me? No. He was involved with Jackie Kennedy. No romantic relationship.
[Jackie Kennedy Onassis died in 1994; Clinton and Albright left office in January 2001.]
Suzan Mazur has traveled through the western US covering the polygamy story, contributing a series on the subject to the Financial Times, writing for the editorial pages of Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as Maclean's, CounterPunch and Scoop. She has been a guest on Fox Television News with Paula Zahn and Bill O'Reilly discussing the issue and on numerous radio shows.