Bush gets an ‘F’ from Brzezinski
Jon Stewart spoke recently to Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Adviser, about his new book,
Second Chance, Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower.
in one of the most enlightening and intelligent analyses you will see (or read, if you buy the book) of the state of American power today.
Brzezinski explained George W. Bush in this way:
He has a vision which can be described with two other different words: â€œManichaean paranoiaâ€ â€¦ the notion that somehow or other he is leading the Forces of Good against the Empire of Evil. The notion that somehow or other, in that setting, the fact that we are morally superior justifies us committing immoral acts. And that, I think, is a very dangerous posture for the country that is the number one global power but which to lead effectively has to have the support, the trust, the confidence of other nations. The fact is, he squandered our credibility, our legitimacy, and even respect for our power.
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The real problem is that we have had a policy lately that has been dividing our friends and uniting our enemiesâ€¦
Does Brzezinski feel the situation can be redeemed?
Yes. I think there is a residual potential for recoveryâ€¦because this is still a very appealing country and a country which many people residually respect and a decent country, ultimately, but also, sad to say, a very ignorant country about the world.
It would be hard to agree more.
Howard, Downer, Ruddock et al should read this book. And then resign.
Watch the Daily Show interview here:
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