Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Blog

In a series of interviews with Newsmax TV, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski weighs in on a number of important US foreign policy entanglements, including the Iraq War, the War on Terror, the conflict with Iran, and US intervention in Syria.

Brzezinski points out how America’s “monumental blunder” in Iraq has had problematic implications in all other US foreign policy goal:

"We now have an Iraq that’s unstable, in which conflicts with the Sunnis and the Shiites are a daily reality…it is a country which is vulnerable to Iranian pressure and very combustible. If the Syria situation gets out of hand, we could see the spread of the conflict get also to Iraq."

He points out the limitations of our War on Terror as well, warning that “What has happened to al-Qaeda is somewhat encouraging, but only somewhat. We have managed to decimate its leadership… But at the same time, it is still a dangerous and painful reality that segments of al-Qaeda, cells of al-Qaeda, now operate in different parts of the world.”

As for Iran, Brzezinski believes that “diplomacy is clearly the best weapon of choice right now,” and that the military alternative comes at a grave cost:

"We would open it by force — and we have the power to do it, and I’m fairly confident we would do it. But let’s not be simple-minded about it. We can open it up, but you can be absolutely certain that the costs of oil will skyrocket because it will still be a dangerous passage. In effect, the American taxpayer should be ready to pay $5 to $10 a gallon for the pleasure of having a war in the Strait of Hormuz."

He also briefly cautions for a more pragmatic approach in Syria:

"It will become our war again. So let’s stop sort of waving the sword and making these threats unless we’re prepared to deliver….I don’t approve of the notion that we should be announcing who should step down from the position of a head of a state unless we are seriously prepared to remove that person."

You can read the full stories and watch the interviews on Iraq, Iran, and Syria on the Newsmax website.

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