The former Carter adviser made it clear he thought the country's three most recent presidents had handled things [in the Middle East] "badly."
And then he went on to make the following strikingly inaccurate statement about Southeast Asia in the 1970's, while commenting on what should be the US's Iraq policy:
As for Iraq, he argued that a "jointly set date of departure" for U.S. forces, agreed to by the American and Iraqi governments, would put pressure on Iraq's various factions to reach an accommodation. U.S. diplomats should also try to pull Iraq's neighbors into a discussion about that country's security, as they all would be harmed if the situation there explodes.The reporter at least has the wherewithal to correct that last statement.
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?" [Emphasis added.]
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.Comments:
1. "How certain are we of the horror scenarios that have been mentioned in what will take place in Iraq?" he asks? I am as certain of them as I am that he has blatantly lied about the mass murders that followed the US retreat (oh, I mean phased withdrawal) from Southeast Asia.
2 Why do they hate us? In part because we do not treat them like human beings. Those few million lives lost in the 70's? Only Asians, Zbiggy seems to feel.
3. And to think I used to respect that man and his boss.
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