Saturday, December 5, 2009

Being Zbigniew Brzezinski III

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser for Jimmy Carter, is one of the most eminent foreign policy experts. There is a reason that I have written of him more than once here. I admire him greatly. He is a model for what we need today. He is a voice of reason, he is brilliant, he is well-informed, he is wise, and he is fair.

Dr. Brzezinski appeared on Morning Joe after President Obama gave his speech on Afghanistan. He agrees with President Obama and clearly outlines the assumed "ambiguities" in Afghanistan that wasn't addressed in the speech, partially because of the nature of the conflict and our position. As always, his appearance was brilliant. When asked by Arianna Huffington of the legitimization of the Karzai government as defined by many experts he responded that America should not throw stones:

Who are we to seriously be preaching [such] a crusade? We have a financial sector that is voraciously greedy and exploitative, to put it mildly. We have a Congress which is not immune to special interests. And we have an electoral system that is based largely on private donations which precipitate expectations of rewards. The notion of us going to the Afghans and preaching purity is comical... I think we should just quit that stuff.

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Perhaps Dr. Brzezinski should be directly advising President Obama, if he isn't already. I would also hope that politicians in and around Washington, both old and young, sit down and take notice of this national treasure. In fact, we all have a lot to learn from him.


John O'Leary said...

What a blast of fresh air. American exceptionalism bites the dust. ZB nails it again.

Judith Ellis said...

Oh, yeah, John! Isn't it just wonderful that this "blast of fresh air" comes from an 81-year-old man? The problem is never the age but the ideas and the person. There are some in Congress that have been around forever, but are simply lacking in initiatives and strength of character.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, brzezinski is already advising president obama, and has done for a long time now, actually obama incorporated many of his ideas from brzezinski since before last us elections.

Hey i'd like to know where i could get more up-to-the-minute info on what brzezinski says n stuff like that, do you happen to know where or how i could do that?
Ive already read a couple of his books and i think he is extremely intelligent.

my email is LFDCK@hotmail

John O'Leary said...

Anon: you can set up a Google alert for Brzezinski so that anytime his name is mentioned in the news you'll get links to it. It works great:

Judith Ellis said...

Hey Anon - The President has spoken well of Dr. Brzezinski. This does not surpise me in the least. Both are brilliant. Regarding keeping up on Dr. Brzezinski, John has given an excellent suggestion. (Thanks, J!)

Do pass through again, Anon.