NEW YORK – The next U.S. president will inherit a world of trouble, not least of all the global financial crisis, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Thursday.
Albright delivered a list of problems when he was asked about Campbell Brown “No Bias, No Bull” on CNN on behalf of the three main challenges that the new president will face.
“Something that was not on the table a few weeks ago is the international financial crisis,” said Albright, who became the first woman secretary of state at the service of the Clinton administration from 1997-2001.
“This is affecting the U.S. economy. It is affecting our position in the world. It’s how they affect countries treat each other. Subsequent to the issue of energy, all sorts of things, so I think that is No. 1. ”
Then went on to summarize a series of other problems, she called umbrella six issues:
• How to fight terrorism without creating more terrorists
• How to deal with broken systems so non-proliferation of the worst weapons will not fall into the hands of the worst people
• How to deal with the negative aspects of globalization and the growing gap between rich and poor.
• issues related to energy, environment and rising food prices
• How to restore the good name of democracy
• The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and its unintended consequences; deal with North Korea and the Middle East.
Albright, who supports Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, also predicted that the next president of the U.S. close the detention center at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, actively join the dialogue on global warming and start pulling troops from Iraq.
Turning his attention to the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Albright focused on neighboring Pakistan. The two nations share a mountainous and remote region that is home to terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, many believe.
“Pakistan has everything that gives you an international migraine,” said Albright. “It has nuclear weapons, corruption, poverty, extremism, a terrible financial situation, a government that only come in that is not very strong. And it is in a place that is absolutely essential in dealing with Afghanistan.”