Recently, Gerald Posner, The Daily Beast’s chief investigative journalist, interviewed former President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Chief Zbigniew Brzezinski. In the ‘telling’ interview, Brzezinski offered candid responses to numerous questions about President Obama’s foreign policy choices so far. Several questions stand out as regards Israel. Here are the questions and Brzezinski’s revealing answers:
GP: Is the fallout as bad if Israel preemptively strikes Iran?
ZB: Absolutely. That is the way, more importantly, how the Iranians would view it. They really can’t do much to the Israelis, despite all their bluster. The only thing they can do is unify themselves, especially nationalistically, to rally against us, and the mullahs might even think of it as a blessing.
GP: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?
ZB: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? [Emphasis SKG — ‘Our airspace’ — gee, I thought Iraq wa a sovereign country]
GP: What if they fly over anyway?
ZB: Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse. [Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats attacked the USS Liberty in international waters, off the Sinai Peninsula, during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel later claimed the ship was the object of friendly fire.]
Brezinski served as Candidate Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisor in 2007 and 2008. Though I can’t find proof that Brzezinski has relinquished that position, it’s safe to say his opinion still matters to Obama. Brzezinski is now and has always been a major player and a major hawk. He has a reputation for being anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian and even pro-Russia.
Below is a video (actually an audio track with a still image of Brzezinski) that reveals much about this presidential advisor’s worldview. Pay close attention to the language — ‘shift’, ‘awake’, ‘transformation’, and particularly the chilling statement near the end that ‘now it is easier to kill a million people than it is to control them’: