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My question surprised him, because I think that Brzezinski remains caught up in Cold War strategy even after the demise of the Soviet Union. In Cold War thinking it was important to have the upper hand or else be at risk of being eliminated as a player.
The importance of prevailing became all consuming, and this consuming drive survived the Soviet collapse. Prevailing over others is the only foreign policy that Washington knows. Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland in but his paternal family reportedly originated from Galicia, which was once considered eastern Poland but is now part of Ukraine.
He became an academic at Harvard and then Columbia University where he taught and mentored Madeleine Albright. He served as an advisor to the Kennedy presidential campaign and later supported Johnson. In , he helped establish the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller. Based on ideas Brzezinski spelled out in an article he published in Foreign Affairs in , the Trilateral Commission was to be the organizational foundation of a club of developed nations that included Europe, Japan and the U.
The club held annual meetings that included the elites of Europe, Japan, and the U. Throughout the Cold War, Brzezinski supported a policy of engagement with Eastern Europe, including dissidents, believing that divisions within Eastern Europe would destabilize the Soviet Union and hasten its breakup along national lines.
When the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur interviewed Brzezinski in , he admitted that while he was national security advisor, he played a major role in setting the Afghanistan trap for the Soviet Union to get bogged down in a war. He also reiterated that he had no regrets about the policy, underscoring the fact that he does indeed see the nations and peoples of the world as pieces on a strategic game board with no regard for the resulting death of thousands, demolition of a country or blowback toward his own adopted country.
A pertinent excerpt of the exchange follows: Le Nouvel Observateur: Former CIA director, Robert Gates, says in his memoirs: the American secret services assisted Afghan mujahedeen six months before the Soviet invasion. Do you confirm it?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of the story, the CIA began to assist mujahedeen in the year , that is, after the invasion of the Soviet army against Afghanistan on December 24, That day I wrote a memorandum to the President in which I told him that that assistance would cause the Soviet intervention … we did not force the Russian intervention, we just, conscientiously, increased the intervention possibilities.
NO: When the Soviets justified their intervention by affirming they were fighting against a secret American interference nobody believed them, though they were telling the truth. B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea.
Its objective was to lead the Russian to the Afghan trap, and you want me to regret it? B: What is the most important thing when you look at world history, the Taliban or the fall of the Soviet empire? It is clear from the opening pages of The Grand Chessboard that Brzezinski is obsessed with imperialism and cannot conceive of a world that is not organized under empire — whether it is the competing regional empires of old or the rise of one global empire as reflected by the U. He even repeats the common historical fallacy that "hegemony is as old as mankind.
Empire and its attendant effects, such as hegemony, hierarchical social structure, and war only emerged around 10 — 13, years ago, roughly coinciding with the widespread adoption of agricultural settlement.
My question surprised him, because I think that Brzezinski remains caught up in Cold War strategy even after the demise of the Soviet Union. In Cold War thinking it was important to have the upper hand or else be at risk of being eliminated as a player. The importance of prevailing became all consuming, and this consuming drive survived the Soviet collapse. Prevailing over others is the only foreign policy that Washington knows. Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland in but his paternal family reportedly originated from Galicia, which was once considered eastern Poland but is now part of Ukraine.
Zbigniew Brzezinski: el hombre que quiso dividir a Rusia y repartirla entre los países occidentales
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