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Profile: Zbigniew Brzezinski


Positions that Zbigniew Brzezinski has held:

  • National Security Advisor during the administration of President Jimmy Carter




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   “I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot.... Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him, but China could.” [Z Magazine, 1997, Blum, 2000]

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Quote, August 18, 2002

   “Public support should not be generated by fear-mongering or demagogy, with some of it encouraged by parties with a strategic interest in fostering American-Arab hostility.” [Washington Post, 8/18/02]

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1980-1986      Cambodia

       China and the US sustain the Khmer Rouge with overt and covert aid in an effort to destabilize Cambodia's Vietnam-backed government. With US backing, China supplies the Khmer Rouge with direct military aid. Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser during the administration of President Carter, will later acknowledge, “I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot.... Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him, but China could.” Between 1979 and 1981, the World Food Program, which was strongly under US influence, provides nearly $12 million in food aid Thailand. Much of this aid makes its way to the Khmer Rouge. Two American relief aid workers, Linda Mason and Roger Brown, will later recount, “Thailand, the country that hosted the relief operation, and the US government, which funded the bulk of the relief operation, insisted that the Khmer Rouge be fed.” By the late 1980s, US aid is officially at $5 million. But this is supplemented significantly by secret CIA support to the tune of between $20 and $24 million. In total, perhaps as much as $85 million is ultimately funneled to Pol Pot's group through various channels. The US and China are also responsible for the Khmer Rouge retaining its seat at the UN General Assembly. During this period, Khmer Rouge fighters attack “Cambodian villages, seed minefields, kill peasants and make off with their rice and cattle ... [—] But they never seriously ... [threaten] the Phnom Penh government.” [Blum, 2000; Z Magazine, 1997; Covert Action Quarterly, 1998]
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August 18, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       In a Washington Post op-ed piece, Zbigniew Brzezinski reprimands the Bush administration for its reckless foreign policy, saying that “war is too serious a business and too unpredictable in its dynamic consequences—especially in a highly flammable region—to be undertaken because of a personal peeve, demagogically articulated fears or vague factual assertions.” He adds that “[i]f it is to be war, it should be conducted in a manner that legitimizes US global hegemony and, at the same time, contributes to a more responsible system of international security.” He then makes several recommendations for improving US foreign policy, including a summary of “a wrong way for America to initiate a war.” [The Washington Post, 8/18/02]
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