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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: “Manichaean paranoia” … 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.

[ … ]

The real problem is that we have had a policy lately that has been dividing our friends and uniting our enemies…

Does Brzezinski feel the situation can be redeemed?

Yes. I think there is a residual potential for recovery…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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Comment from Revin Kudd
Posted: 9 April, 2007 at 9:29 am

Is that the same Zbigniew Brzezinski who remained oblivious of the utterances of Khomeini yet was known as Carter’s National Security Adviser? Now he is being rebadged as an expert.

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s CV (from Matthew Yglesias):

December 26, 1979: Soviet Forces, Lured in by the CIA, Invade Afghanistan

The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan. They will withdraw in 1989 after a brutal 10-year war. It has been commonly believed that the invasion was unprovoked. However, in a 1998 interview, Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser, will reveal that the CIA began destabilizing the pro-Soviet Afghan government six months earlier in a deliberate attempt to get the Soviets to invade and have their own Vietnam-type costly war (see July 1979). Brzezinski rhetorically asks, “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?” [Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris), 1/1998; Mirror. 29 January..?return target=”_blank”>Mirror, 1/29/2002] The US and Saudi Arabia give a huge amount of money (estimates range up to $40 billion total for the war) to support the mujaheddin guerrilla fighters opposing the Russians. Most of the money is managed by the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency. [Nation, 2/15/1999]


China and the US sustain the Khmer Rouge with overt and covert aid in an effort to destabilize Cambodia’s Vietnam-backed government. With US backing, China supplies the Khmer Rouge with direct military aid. Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser during the administration of President Carter, will later acknowledge, “I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot… Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him, but China could.” Between 1979 and 1981, the World Food Program, which was strongly under US influence, provides nearly $12 million in food aid Thailand. Much of this aid makes its way to the Khmer Rouge. Two American relief aid workers, Linda Mason and Roger Brown, will later recount, “Thailand, the country that hosted the relief operation, and the US government, which funded the bulk of the relief operation, insisted that the Khmer Rouge be fed.” By the late 1980s, US aid is officially at $5 million. But this is supplemented significantly by secret CIA support to the tune of between $20 and $24 million. In total, perhaps as much as $85 million is ultimately funneled to Pol Pot’s group through various channels. The US and China are also responsible for the Khmer Rouge retaining its seat at the UN General Assembly. During this period, Khmer Rouge fighters attack “Cambodian villages, seed minefields, kill peasants and make off with their rice and cattle.. [..] But they never seriously.. [threaten] the Phnom Penh government.”


1969 – Nixon and Kissinger begin their secret “carpet bombings” of Cambodia. They say it is to kill Viet Cong hiding out in the Cambodian jungle. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodian civilians die. 1970 – Washington finally helps overthrow troublesome Prince Sihanouk in a coup. The US enlists the genocidal maniac Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge to help fight the Viet Cong. Five years later, Pol Pot takes over, declares “Year Zero,” kills anyone with an education, or even wearing glasses, and sends everyone to the countryside to work in agricultural labor camps. More than 2,000,000 die in his “killing fields”

October 1997: Brzezinski Highlights the Importance of Central Asia to Achieving World Domination

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski publishes a book in which he portrays the Eurasian landmass as the key to world power, and Central Asia with its vast oil reserves as the key to domination of Eurasia. He states that for the US to maintain its global primacy, it must prevent any possible adversary from controlling that region. He notes, “The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America’s engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.” He predicts that because of popular resistance to US military expansionism, his ambitious Central Asian strategy can not be implemented “except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.” [The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy Its Geostrategic Imperatives..?return>Brzezinski, 1997, pp. 24-25, 210-11]

Get a grip!

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