Although I’m in agreement with some of what he has to say, I think there are some serious flaws in former national security advisor under President Jimmy Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski’s analysis of the new Bush plan in the Washington Post this morning.
- Mr. Brzezinski makes a backhanded accusation of Islamophobia at Bush:
Its language was less Islamophobic than has been customary with President Bush’s rhetoric since Sept. 11…
Whatever his flaws I think that Mr. Bush has gone out of his way to avoid Islamophobia (although there’s plenty of it going around). Evidence, please!
- Mr. Brzezinski’s use of irony quotes around the word “sovereign”
The decision to escalate the level of the U.S. military involvement while imposing “benchmarks” on the “sovereign” Iraqi regime…
implies that he buys into the Iraqi insurgency’s claim that the present government is a U. S. puppet. I think it’s plenty sovereign. The irony quotes belong around the word “government”.
- Mr. Brzezinski makes the false assumption that what’s going on in Iraq is politics and that a political solution is possible.
The speech did not explore even the possibility of developing a framework for an eventual political solution. The search for a political solution would require a serious dialogue about a joint American-Iraqi decision regarding the eventual date of a U.S. withdrawal with all genuine Iraqi political leaders who command respect and wield physical power.
It’s not politics it’s tribal and sectarian warfare. Note that he repeats the sovereignty challenge.
- His use of polling information
The majority of the Iraqi people, opinion polls show, favor such a withdrawal within a relatively short period.
is misleading. Iraqis also fear that Americans will leave while the country is still in chaos.
- I disagree profoundly with this statement:
America is acting like a colonial power in Iraq.
I believe that we’re behaving like idiots in Iraq but not colonizers. Again, evidence, please!