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Brzezinski Flunks Bush

Posted on Mar 19, 2007

Be glad Zbigniew Brzezinski, historian and national security adviser under Jimmy Carter, isn’t sizing up your job performance—the man just does not give out A’s.  Brzezinski dropped in at “Late Edition” on Sunday and graded Bill Clinton and both Bushes on their international relations skills, slapping George W. Bush with an F.

WOLF BLITZER: You also say, instead of reducing the terror threat against the United States, the war in Iraq has increased the terror threat to the United States. Explain what your thinking is on that.

BRZEZINSKI: Yes. It has intensified hostility toward the United States in the Middle East and, increasingly, in the Muslim world at large. We have contributed to that not only by what we have been doing in Iraq, but we have contributed to it also by a kind of Islamophobic language which identifies almost all Muslims as enemies. And that, of course, creates a wider, bigger, more fertile recruiting ground for terrorists.

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By Jim Roberts, March 23, 2007 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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I was surprised that he gave Poppy a ‘B’, but then he always was an easy grader.  Myself, I was glad that finally The Donald joined me in pronouncing George W as the worst President in US history, a judgement I’ve held since Katrina.  As for Poppy, I’d put him near the bottom of all Presidents.  Has anyone noted that one never sees him on the news lately?  He doesn’t agree with his son, so has been shut out.  BTW, does anyone know the directions for making a ‘ZB Special’, a hamburger that ZB, apparently with some help from Kissinger, concocted at a diner on Mass Ave up near the Law School.  I’ve been looking for it desultorily since the mid-60s?

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By William Fargo, March 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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I enjoyed the interview.  Mr. Brzenzinski seemed to know his subject.  I would have liked to see his grade for President Carter.

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By Dale Headley, March 19, 2007 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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There is no more incisive, thoughtful, and prescient observer of world politics than Zbigniew Brzezinski; unless, perhaps it is the brilliant Noam Chomsky.  Unfortunately,  Chomsky is effectively persona non grata on U.S. media.

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By James Yell, March 19, 2007 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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President Carter has to his credit that he did not use the US military to pump up his own ego. He did not take us down the road to torture and lying as a routine government tool. He tried very hard to bring home the hostages. He addressed the energy problems of the country agressively and rationally.

I did not always agree with what he did, but I never doubted his honest, integrety and willingness to look the truth in the face.

To bad he was an unlucky President, but compared to Bush/Cheney and Reagan for that matter he was much the better of the group.

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By Quy Tran, March 19, 2007 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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One more name is missing on this list, Mr. Brzezinski, it’s Carter !

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