Charli Carpenter demolishes the myth of female nonviolence in the foreign policy sphere:
In 2003, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed for war in Iraq. In 1998, U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright and a significant faction of U.S. feminists strongly advocated for military intervention in the Balkans. Jeane Kirkpatrick, President Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy adviser and later U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was never known for pacifist views. Nor are women associated with the “security mom” movement, which, in the wake of 9/11, harnessed maternal fears of terrorist attacks to influence elections. Their calls for a tough foreign policy to protect America’s young infused former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s rhetoric and launched women such as the conservative blogger Michelle Malkin to national prominence.
(Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a news conference after the Libya Conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on March 29, 2011 in London, England. By Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images.)