Monday, April 02, 2007

A Big Lie, or Big Alzheimer’s?

No wonder Jimmy Carter’s presidency was such a monumental failure.

He had Zbigniew Brzezinski on his payroll.

Apparently, fiddling while the Iranians were busy holding American embassy personel hostage and vigously handing as much of Central America over to totalitarian governments wasn’t enough.

For an encore, Mr. Brzezinski reveals that he wasn’t paying attention to the aftermath of the collapse of southeast asia:

“Brzezinski said there's no reason to think a bloodbath would necessarily follow a U.S. withdrawal.

‘We expected that the U.S. leaving Vietnam would result in massive killings and genocide and so forth, and collapse of the
dominoes in Southeast Asia,’ he said. ‘It didn't happen. How certain are we of the horror scenarios that have been mentioned in what will take place in Iraq?’

History does record that a bloodbath that claimed millions of
lives occurred in neighboring Cambodia, the so-called ‘killing fields,’ and that millions more people left Vietnam as refugees after the two countries fell in 1975.”

It appears that the only sensible foreign policy would be to get Mr. Brzezinski’s recommendations, and do the opposite.

Update: Denis Boyles points out that Carter also had a hand in putting Mugabe in power. Given the news of the last month (and the 20 plus years of misery for Zimbabwe), we wouldn’t want that overlooked when evaluating foreign policy advice from the Carter team.