Brzezinski Supports, Slams Obama Missile Call
Yesterday, I noted that Brent Scowcroft supports President Obama’s missile defense decision. Another luminary, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has voiced his support as well — albeit in an extremely colorful manner that’s not particularly flattering to the president.
In an interview yesterday with The Daily Beast‘s Gerald Posner, Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor both lambasted the Bush missile program as “based on a nonexistent defense technology, designed against a nonexistent threat, and designed to protect West Europeans, who weren’t asking for the protection” and excoriated the Obama administration’s handling of the matter, saying “The way it was conveyed to the Czechs and Poles could not have been worse.”
In my New Atlanticist essay, “Brzezinski Endorses Obama Missile Decision, Slams Rollout,” I observe,
Regardless of the latter’s criticisms about presentation, Obama has to be pleased to be getting the support of Scowcroft and Brzezinski, men who were luminaries when he was just a teenager and have remained giants on the international stage for more than three decades. That Scowcroft is a Republican and Brzezinski is from the hawkish wing of the Democratic Party— and both have simply unassailable records as Cold Warriors — only add to the value of their endorsement, as it buttresses the president against charges of appeasement.
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