Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski yet again demonstrated why he is one of the titans of foreign policy analysis with his unsentimental, clear-eyed discussion of America’s course in Afghanistan on Morning Joe this morning.
Brzezinski stated that we need a middle of the road solution in Afghanistan that allows disengagement. He said that as difficult as it is for us, we need to find an accommodation with the Taliban, particularly at local levels. He also said that we need to get our head around the strategic parameters that Pakistan will only accept a pro-Pak Afghanistan. This will have consequences in America’s relationship with India.
Brzezinski also poses the apt question: “Who trains the Taliban?” Spending approximately $12 billion on Afghan security force training, he finds himself amused that the Afghans of all people in the world really need training. They are the most hardened fighters in the world.
Great analysis. And that’s before Dr. Brzezinski gets to the consequences of not ratifying NEW START.
— Steve Clemons