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Analysis Last Updated: Apr 2nd, 2008 - 00:07:48

Brzezinski�s unconvincing antiwar posturing
By Larry Chin
Online Journal Associate Editor

Apr 2, 2008, 00:59

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Neoliberal elite Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the leading architects of the "war on terrorism� across the Middle East and the Eurasian subcontinent (and whose book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives laid the groundwork for 9/11) has adopted a politically expedient wolf-in-sheep�s clothing role.

His much-publicized criticisms of Bush-Cheney�s �mismanagement� of Iraq (whose latest piece, The Smart Way Out, serves as a primer on the current neoliberal war policy) has garnered raves from those who are misguided or ignorant enough to believe that Brzezinski is, in any way, �antiwar.�

The key passage in the new Brzezinski piece leaves no illusions that that neoliberal position maintains the existing "anti-terrorism" pretext for endless war: "The end of the occupation will thus be a boon for the war on al-Qaeda, bringing to an end a misguided adventure that not only precipitated the appearance of al-Qaeda in Iraq but also diverted the United States from Afghanistan, where the original al-Qaeda threat grew and still persists."

What Brzezinski seeks is to simply reverse the Bush-Cheney �blunder,� and return to the geostrategic position achieved shortly after 9/11: " . . . a regional conference should be convened to promote regional stability, border control and other security arrangements, as well as regional economic development -- all of which would help mitigate the unavoidable risks connected with U.S. disengagement."

�Regional economic development� is Brzezinski�s code for �oil.�

Brzezinski is currently a national security/foreign policy adviser for Barack Obama.

He would undoubtedly play a major role for Hillary Clinton, should she become the Democratic Party nominee. Note also that Brzezinski was the foreign policy adviser for John McCain's presidential campaign in 1999-2000.

Brzezinski should not be trusted any more than his old friend Henry Kissinger, who not surprisingly lurks behind McCain.

The �war on terrorism� -- including the occupation of Iraq -- continues unabated.

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