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November 06, 2003

"Bush's Zbig Problem"

Slate's Fred Kaplan has a great article on a recent speech by Zbigniew Brzezinski that slams the Bush junta's foreign policy. "Z-who?" you might ask? Basically, ZB is Kissinger lite, without the war crimes and quotes like "power is the great aphrodesiac." He was Carter's national security advisor, and way to the right of anyone else in the administration. He is a connsumate diplomat and statesman and nobody's idea of a lefty.

As Kaplan writes, at an October 28 conference with foreign policy wonks in DC, ZB "bemoaned what he called Bush's 'paranoiac view of the world,' which has resulted in 'two very disturbing phenomena—the loss of U.S. international credibility [and] the growing U.S. international isolation.'"

To sum up, oh, 500 years or so of geopolitical wisdom, he said "If we want to lead, we have to have other countries trust us. When we speak, they have to think it is the truth. … We are going to live in an insecure world. It cannot be avoided. We have to learn to live in it with dignity, with idealism, with steadfastness."

Kaplan interprets this a bit more for us:

"The larger point here is that you don't have to be a liberal-- and, as the term is commonly understood, Brzezinski is not one--to criticize Bush's aggressive unilateralism. Diplomacy and alliances (even alliances with France) are not exclusively liberal notions. They serve deeply self-interested ends, too. The excitement that Brzezinski's speech inspired in a roomful of liberal Democrats--the American Prospect's Web site headlines it 'A Must-Read Speech”--suggests that the liberal critique of Bush's foreign policy is at one with the conservative critique. It suggests that, on a basic level, Bush's foreign policy is neither liberal nor conservative but, rather, callow, smug, and reckless."

Callow, smug, and reckless. How can thinking people see it otherwise? Dean needs to get this guy on board, to temper his righteous anger with the lucid comments of a thoughtful statesman.

Posted by jay at November 6, 2003 01:15 PM | TrackBack
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Jay's reference to the "Bush junta" is further proof that great minds do indeed think alike. The phrase "Bush regime," in lieu of "Bush administration," has been in common usage at Chez Webber for two years now...

Posted by: Rachel on November 21, 2003 01:03 PM
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