You've probably noticed that I have no love lost for Zbgnw Brzzsk, you know, the former Carter Administration National Security Advisor who has precious few vowels in his otherwise un-pronouncable name. He's the guy that gave us such naked exercises in elitist onanism as Between Two Ages and The Grand Chessboard. Into this stage-dressing, we must enter the recent Israeli notification to the imperial U.S. of Amerika that it would not warn this nation of any unilateral action it undertook against Iran and its "terrifying" nuclear program.
Well, much as the words gag in my throat and the thought repulses me, for once, I have to say two cheers for Zbgnw Brzznsk for this recent exchange, recorded in the linked article by Justin Raimondo following the quotation:
"A normal country would answer Israeli efforts to blackmail us into attacking Iran with a message short and sweet. I would send Zbigniew Brzezinski over there to tell them what he told the Daily Beast in an interview:
“'How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?'
"ZB: 'We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?'
"'What if they fly over anyway?'
"ZB: 'Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse.'
"That this scenario is not within the realm of the politically possible is our national shame. Our politicians preen and pose as great “patriots,” and yet the more “patriotic” they claim to be the more they seem to favor appeasing the Israelis at America’s expense."
(Read the complete article here:
Raimondo gets it correct, save in one important point. Someone as (self-) important as Zbgnw Brzznsk is not a man to measure his words inaccurately, nor is he inclined to underestimate his words and how they will be perceived in the world at large...
...and in Tel Aviv. There is indeed, in other words, no reason for President Obama to fly Mr. Brzznsk to Israel to have him deliver the message.
That messages was already delivered as soon as Mr. Brzznsk spoke his remarks... Don't believe me? Then note Mr. Brzznsk's careful reference to the USS LIberty "incident" when Israeli forces attacked a US Navy ship in the 1960s. THe message is clear: this would be long-overdo "payback." And that payback, he is hinting, would be a bitch.
See you on the flip side...