Surprise!… Iranian Regime Very Impressed With Obama Advisor Brzezinski
Earlier this week Brzezinski advised President Bush to stop Israel from attacking Iran.
The regime is especially impressed with Brzezinski’s comments yesterday about leaving Iran alone. The regime also think Brzezinski is spot on when he says that the US needs to quit threatening Iran.
Today Brzezinski made headlines at the Iranian Fars News website:
Former White House National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said US President George W. Bush should privately dissuade Israel from carrying out any military strike against Iran in an attempt to cripple its peaceful nuclear program.
In an interview on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Political Capital with Al Hunt,’ Brzezinski said an armed conflict between Israel and Iran would widen to include the US as Iran struck back against American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Concerns about the possibility of Israel attacking Iran were raised last week by comments from a senior Israeli official. Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, a contender for prime minister, told the Yediot Ahronot daily that sanctions haven’t worked and Israel would have to attack if Iran doesn’t abandon the nuclear effort.
Brzezinski said if Israel launches a military strike on Iran, “they (Iranians) will retaliate against us. And then we will be tempted to retaliate against Iran, and we’ll be drawn into a very destructive conflict from which we will not extricate ourselves for many years to come.”
Brzezinski said the most effective strategy for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program would be a combination of economic sanctions and positive incentives to negotiate.
He said threats of military action are “counterproductive” because they unite the Iranian population in opposition to the US.
Brzezinski said Bush has leverage to discourage an Israeli strike because Israeli warplanes would have to fly through airspace controlled by the US in order to attack Iran, and the US could deny permission to do so.
Brzezinski, 80 and now a counselor at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama should consider choosing as a running mate someone who has strong national-security credentials and shares his opposition to the Iraq War.
One possibility, he said is retired Marine General James Jones, the former supreme commander of NATO. While saying Jones would have to be scrutinized to ensure that he would be an effective campaigner and that his views are compatible with Obama’s, Brzezinski called Jones “a good debater” and someone who “certainly knows the international environment.”
Other vice-presidential possibilities, Brzezinski said, are Senators Joseph Biden of Delaware, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Dodd of Connecticut, a senior member of that panel.
Brzezinski, an Obama supporter, said choosing someone with national-security experience would be helpful because “although Obama has a broad grasp on international affairs” and a strong understanding of “what the historical moment is and what it implies for America,” the Illinois senator “has not had direct military service and things of that sort”.
Choosing a running mate who held a different view of the Iraq conflict would make it difficult for Obama to campaign as an opponent of the war, Brzezinski said. He said that wouldn’t be a problem for Biden because while he voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq in 2002, he renounced that view. Dodd also has said he regrets supporting the war authorization.
Brzezinski has previously counseled Obama not to choose as his running mate Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, saying such a choice would produce a “dysfunctional” administration.