OBAMA’S BRZEZINSKI PLAN
by Ted Belman
International Analyst Network
Jan 14 2010
In Appraising Obama’s Foreign Policy: From Hope to Audacity,
Zbigniew Brzezinski, described Obama’s, and his, world view which he
characterized as "reconnect(ing) the United States with the emerging
historical context of the twenty-first century."
To this end, he writes Obama "has comprehensively reconceptualized
U.S. foreign policy with respect to several centrally important
geopolitical issues". I shall comment on each of these in turn.
â[email protected]¢ Islam is not an enemy, and the "global war on terror" does not
define the United States’ current role in the world;
This has always been America’s policy. Even Bush 44, with his neocon
stalwarts, refused, after 9/11, to identify the enemy as Islam. He
avoided naming the enemy by declaring "war on terror". He went so
far as to declare Islam, "a religion of peace".
What Obama has done differently was to publicly praise Islam, at the
expense of truth and to bow down to its titular head, the King of
Saudi Arabia. He has moved from tolerance to overt partnership.
But a form of partnership has existed between Britain, US and the Arab
oil interests ever since last century’s thirties. The British worked
with the Arabs in the Middle East to thwart Germany’s expansion there
all at the expense of Jewish settlement rights. In the late seventies
Britain, with the complicity of the US brought about the downfall of
the Shah because the Shah wanted to have an independent oil policy
and not one controlled by Britain.
According to "A Century Of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the
New World Order", by William Engdahl, a German historian.
Their scheme was based on a detailed study of the phenomenon of
Islamic fundamentalism, as presented by British Islamic expert, Dr.
Bernard Lewis, then on assignment at Princeton University in the United
States. Lewis’s scheme, which was unveiled at the May 1979 Bilderberg
meeting in Austria, endorsed the radical Muslim Brotherhood movement
behind Khomeini, in order to promote balkanization of the entire
Muslim Near East along tribal and religious lines. Lewis argued
that the West should encourage autonomous groups such as the Kurds,
Armenians, Lebanese Maronites, Ethiopian Copts, Azerbaijani Turks, and
so forth. The chaos would spread in what he termed an ‘Arc of Crisis,’
which would spill over into Muslim regions of the Soviet Union.
So not only was this scheme intended to protect British oil interests
in Iran, it was also intended to put pressure on the Soviets.
In a Counterpunch translation of interview of Zbigniew Brzezinski
in Le Nouvel Observateur (France) 1998, Brzezinski took pride in
having brought on the Russian defeat in Afghanistan by supporting
"some stirred up Moslems", the Mujahedeen, and dismissed the idea that
"Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today". He said,.
Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to
Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a
rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading
religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in
common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan
militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing
more than what unites the Christian countries.
Pres Reagan continued this policy of working with Islamic
fundamentalists when he rescued Arafat and his minions from total
destruction by the IDF in Beirut. What other reason could there have
been other than to use them one day to put pressure on Israel to
return to the ’67 armistice lines.
Present Clinton also co-opted Islamic fundamentalist, this time from
Kosovo, to dismember Serbia in order to reduce the power of Russia.
Obama’s policies totally reflect this mentality in his downplaying the
"war on terror" and overplaying "engagement". Obama wants to deal with
each Moslem country as though it was not part of the whole of them,
as though they aren’t all followers of Islam as represented by the
Koran or "The Holy Koran" as he refers to it.
Saudi Arabian fundamentalism has invaded Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Yemen, Europe, US and parts of Africa. It has influenced the Muslim
Brotherhood which is attempting to overthrow Egypt. Al Qaeda is
an outgrowth of such fundamentalism. Iran with its Shiite brand
of Islamic fundamentalism has taken over Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza
at least politically if not religiously. Iraq with its 60% Shiite
population could fall to them and already Turkey is cozying up to them.
Yet Brzezinski and Obama maintain "Islam is not an enemy" even while
the fundamentalists and the Arab street attack America as the Great
Satin and not Russia.
Remember that Brzezinski was a founder the Trilateral Commission along
with Rockefeller, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in
New York and has attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group. Thus he
strongly favours World Government and its institutions as does Obama.
Nation states, such as Israel, are in their way. They find common
cause with Islam because Islam too favours its own version of world
government, namely, the Caliphate.
â[email protected]¢ the United States will be a fair-minded and assertive mediator
when it comes to attaining lasting peace between Israel and Palestine;
This conflict is so politicized as to make it impossible for anyone
to be "fair minded" or "even handed" or any other liberal balm. While
these notions sound great, they both ignore the facts and the law. You
cannot do this and reach a "just" solution.
The US and Britain are just as determined to undermine Israel as
they were the Shah and for the same reason, oil. How can they be
"fair minded" or trusted?
"assertive mediator" is an oxymoron. Mediation is not arbitration. The
role of the mediator is to help the parties reconcile their differences
without coercion. To assertively mediate is to coerce.
Obama certainly has been coercive to Israel. But all US administrations
have been coercive to varying degrees. The difference being that
Obama intends to impose a solution if he can.
Brzezinski and Obama propose that
1. "Jerusalem has to be shared, and shared genuinely".
2. "a settlement must be based on the 1967 lines, but with territorial
swaps" 3. "US or NATO station troops along the Jordon River".
4. "Palestinian refugees should not be granted the right of return
to what is now Israel."
He argues that
"It is important to remember that although the Israeli and Palestinian
populations are almost equal in number, under the 1967 lines the
Palestinian territories account for only 22 percent of the old British
mandate, whereas the Israeli territories account for 78 percent."
How could a man of his experience be so wrong. Israel together with
Judea, Samaria and Gaza comprise 22% of the Mandate. The rest was given
to Jordan in 1922. Now the international community wants Israel to
divide up the 22% remaining, leaving even less for Israel than the 22%.
He wants the refugees "to be resettled within the Palestinian state.
They number in the many millions. How could Judea and Samaria possibly
accommodate them. Imagine how destabilizing that would be. I venture
to say that the present Arab inhabitants would be the most vociferous
opponents to such an influx.
Would it not be a better solution to resettle them all in Jordan. Not
only is Jordan Palestine, its population is 60% Palestinian. Thus
there would be no need to divide Jerusalem or put foreign troops
along the Jordan.
â[email protected]¢ the United States ought to pursue serious negotiations with Iran
over its nuclear program, as well as other issues;
The US, even under Bush, has been unwilling to really challenge Iran,
preferring to talk them out of their agenda. Obama made engagement
with Iran, a political platform. After a year of trying to engage
Iran in a most humiliating manner, he has achieved nothing. And yet
Brzezinski is still beating the same drum. Give it up already.
What might the "other issues" be? Presumably, Middle East hegemony.
How much hegemony is he or Obama prepared to concede? If none or very
little, there is no point in negotiations. Besides, what would Saudi
Arabia and Egypt have to say about this, to say nothing about Israel.
But it is still possible, perhaps through a more intrusive inspection
regime, to fashion a reasonably credible arrangement that prevents
It would not be conducive to serious negotiations if the United States
were to persist in publicly labeling Iran as a terrorist state, as a
state that is not to be trusted, as a state against which sanctions
or even a military option should be prepared.
Sanctions must punish those in power — not the Iranian middle class,
as an embargo on gasoline would do. The unintended result of imposing
indiscriminately crippling sanctions would likely be to give the
Iranians the impression that the United States’ real objective is to
prevent their country from acquiring even a peaceful nuclear program —
and that, in turn, would fuel nationalism and outrage.
Obama is following this prescription to a "T", without good results
I might add. He is even unwilling to seriously support the opposition
with words to say nothing of deeds.
â[email protected]¢ the counterinsurgency campaign in the Taliban-controlled parts
of Afghanistan should be part of a larger political undertaking,
rather than a predominantly military one;
He wants to engage with "receptive elements of the Taliban" arguing
that "the Taliban are not a global revolutionary or terrorist movement,
… they do not directly threaten the West." But they do host al
Qaeda who is a threat.
His prescription is to enlist the majority Afghans to defeat them.
Does this not oppose the idea of engaging them? Will this plan work?
The US has been trying for the last five years or so to build up Iraqi
forces to maintain order. Many believe that were the US to withdraw
from Iraq as Obama intends, that the Iraqi forces would not be able
to do so. So much more so, for Afghanistan.
Brzezinski recognizes that the support of Pakistan is a prerequisite
but recognizes how difficult this would be.
Given that many Pakistanis may prefer a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan
to a secular Afghanistan that leans toward Pakistan’s archival, India,
the United States needs to assuage Pakistan’s security concerns
in order to gain its full cooperation in the campaign against the
irreconcilable elements of the Taliban.
Will this result in ceding Afghanistan to the fundamentalists?
Pakistan wants to focus the war in Afghanistan rather than Pakistan
and thus has different objectives to those of the US. So the US
will have to reconcile her objectives with those of the Pakistani’s,
to gain their cooperation.
â[email protected]¢ the United States should respect Latin America’s cultural and
historical sensitivities and expand its contacts with Cuba;
Is that another way of saying that the US should accept that they
â[email protected]¢ the United States ought to energize its commitment to
significantly reducing its nuclear arsenal and embrace the eventual
goal of a world free of nuclear weapons;
Coming from the master of real politique, that’s quite a fantasy.
â[email protected]¢ in coping with global problems, China should be treated not only
as an economic partner but also as a geopolitical one;
â[email protected]¢ improving U.S.-Russian relations is in the obvious interest
of both sides, although this must be done in a manner that accepts,
rather than seeks to undo, post-Cold War geopolitical realities; and
â[email protected]¢ a truly collegial transatlantic partnership should be given
deeper meaning, particularly in order to heal the rifts caused by
the destructive controversies of the past few years.