[Marxism] War a Calamity, Ex-Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski Tells US
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Published on Saturday, February 3, 2007 by the Associated Press
War a Calamity, Ex-Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski Tells US
by Barry Schweid
WASHINGTON -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security
adviser, told Congress the war in Iraq is a calamity and likely to lead
to "a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at
Testifying before the Senate foreign relations committee Thursday,
Brzezinski skewered U.S. administration policy as driven by "imperial
hubris" and a disaster on historic, strategic and moral grounds.
Bush Administration Savaged
While other former U.S. officials and ex-generals have criticized
administration policy in committee hearings, none savaged it to the
degree Brzezinski did.
"If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody
involvement in Iraq, and I emphasize what I am about to say, the final
destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict
with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large," said the
security adviser in the Democratic administration of former president
He set out as a plausible scenario for military collision: Iraq failing
to meet benchmarks set by the administration, followed by accusations
Iran is responsible for the failure, then a terrorist act or some
provocation blamed on Iran, culminating in so-called defensive U.S.
military action against Iran.
That, Brzezinski said, would plunge the United States into a spreading
quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Proposing a massive shift in policy, Brzezinski, who holds a senior
position at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the
United States should announce unambiguously its determination to leave
Iraq "in a reasonably short period of time."
Second, he said, the United States should announce it is undertaking
talks with Iraqi leaders to jointly set with them a date by which U.S.
military disengagement should be completed.
Instead, he said, the administration is developing a mythical,
historical narrative to justify the case for a protracted and potential
Initially based on false claims Iraq had secret arsenals of weapons of
mass destruction, Brzezinski said "the war is now being redefined as the
decisive ideological struggle of our time, reminiscent of the earlier
collisions with Nazism and Stalinism."
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