Brzezinski Background


The first question that (especially younger) people ask me about this placard is, "Who is this guy?  Should we believe him just because he's a doctor?"


The answer is, thirty years ago, this was one of the most powerful men in the world.  He was President Carter's National Security Advisor.  Here he is pictured with Carter and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.  He is not what I would call a proper hero, because he believes in grabbing imperial power and overthrowing whomever is in the way.  But he deserves credit for approaching empire sanely.  The USSR, who was the great threat in that day, was a legitimate object of hatred for Brzezinski, himself a member of the minor aristocracy in Poland, a country who suffered great outrage at the hands of the Russians for centuries.


The second question that may arise is, "Wasn't Carter a failure?  Didn't Reagan show him up for a fool and a wimp?"


The answer to that is, Reagan's (and the GOP's in general) skill and shameless effrontery in the media (owing largely to the fact that Big Money owns the GOP far more than it does the Democrats, and Big Media is also under the thumb of Big Money, ie., the bankers and the financier families) and in backroom deals have succeeded in foisting a number of outrageous lies about the Carter years, not the least of which is the October Surprise, in which a deal was struck with the Iranian Revolutionary government to hold the hostages until Reagan took office.  They were released at the precise moment of his inauguration.  The payment was largely made during the Iran-Contra scandal, the convicted felons of which were pardoned by the succeeding president George H. W. Bush, and are now back in the Pentagon under his son.


But Reagan's and his fans' greatest and most successful fraud is "Reagan won the Cold War".  The official line is that the USSR was driven into bankruptcy trying to match the effectiveness of Reagan's so-called Star Wars program, officially called SDI — the Strategic Defense Initiative, since renamed National Missile Defense in a more limited framework.


The truth is quite different.  But to understand this, the student needs to undertake an understanding of, as I said above, the shameless effrontery of the GOP, and the War Party in general (including War Democrats like Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson of the state of Washington, in whose office most of the so-called NeoCons of today got their start in the 60's).


Take a look at my other Placard, dealing with Team B.  It deals with the first time Donald Rumsfeld was Defense Secretary, in the Ford administration.  35 years ago, Rumsfeld, Cheney, & Co. pulled the same scam they pulled this time at the Office of Special Plans. They dug thru the trash at the CIA and pasted together a hobgoblin, to get the taxpayers to spend a trillion dollars on weapons and wars. This brilliant film on BBC, three one–hour segments is a must see on Google Video — Part One, Part Two, Part Three. Here's a flyer I hand out on the subject.


But the fact is, in both cases, these same criminals created a massive fraud to justify and scare us into a military adventure that funneled a trillion dollars into their pockets and those of their friends, the former being the Reagan military buildup whereby he wrongly claims credit for the downfall of the USSR, and the latter being the awful mess we are now in in Iraq, Afghanistan, and soon, I fear, Iran.


On the subject of the OSP, this article in Mother Jones, "The Lie Factory", is a good one, but scarcely any source I know of is more instructive than the testimony of expert witnesses from the various intelligence services before the Democratic Policy Committee, most especially in answer to the questions of Congressman Walter Jones (no relation!), as I have featured in my placard Walter Jones' Conversion.  Look here for a transcript of this Senate hearing where Jones appears as a guest. I have included a link to the CSPAN video.  I strongly urge every patriotic American to view this short segment of the comments of Rep. Jones, questions he asks, and the answers he receives from the highest authorities in the matter.


Mr. Jones became famous for his "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Toast" at the Capitol cafeteria, and I thought him a complete fool and an insincere shill for the War Party at that time.  But when I heard of his about-face, and saw this video, I came to understand that he, while being a simple country fellow, and representing what is perhaps the most heavily militarized district in the country, yet his motives actually were quite pure and genuine.  Watch it and see if I'm wrong!


But the subject is Brzezinski, and his warning, issued before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 1st.  The most complete video I have found is this four-minute clip from The Newshour on PBS.  If anyone can provide me a link to the full testimony video, please email me at and I will be most grateful.


Now, why is he credible?  Read this brief interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998.  Notice especially this quote:


Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

B: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today?

B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
































The USSR did not spend itself to death trying to counter a fake SDI bluff, although that may have played a minor part in its demise.  The USSR died on the mountains of Afghanistan, and Carter's NSA chief should get much of the credit.


Is he a saint?  I think not.  He is entirely ready to enter into a final all-out war with Russia whenever the odds are best for the US.  OK, he has centuries of reasons to fear The Bear.  But all-out war is madness.


So he's mad like the Neocons and Bush — just not as stupid!  And, he's not an Israel Firster.  Think about that for a minute.