Zbig Trouble for Bush

Carter administration hawk Zbigniew Brzezinski attacks Bush foreign policy


| November 20, 2003


When the Carter Administration's most conservative hawk criticized President Bush's foreign policy at a recent conference sponsored by the American Prospect, the crowd of liberal Democrats went wild, and Washington paid attention. Had Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser, become a 'kinder gentler' conservative? Was it possible that the man who had been out of the public eye for decades was seizing this opportunity to stage a political comeback?

In a recent Slate analysis, Fred Kaplan examines the philosophy behind Brzezinski's attack on President Bush's 'paranoiac view of the world' which has led to 'the loss of U.S. international credibility [and] growing U.S. international isolation.' Kaplan observes that his speech was neither motivated by a softening of conservative values nor the desire to run for office, but rather, an effective reiteration of his 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives.

An 'eloquent presentation of ideas dating back to Metternich, if not Thucydides,' The Grand Chessboard examines America's alliance with Eurasia in order to perpetuate 'the fostering of genuine partnerships' that are 'critical to the longevity and stability of America's global primacy.'

Kaplan concludes that diplomacy and alliance are not exclusively liberal notions, but rather, intelligent foreign policy.
-- Erin Ferdinand

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