Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski is not on board
Brzezinski admitted his own role in funding Afghanistan's Mujahadeen in 1979, thereby "increasing the probability" that the Soviets would invade a tough, demoralizing, mountainous theater for combat.
"I think we're literally running the risk of unintentionally doing what the Russians did.
the Soviets were able to delude themselves that they had a loyal army of communist-sympathizers who would transform the country
the conduct of military operations "with little regard for civilian casualties" may accelerate the negative trend in local public opinion
He believes Europe should bribe Afghan farmers not to produce poppies used for heroin
the tribal warlords can be bought off with bribes, with the endgame being the isolation of Al-Qaeda from a Taliban that is "not a united force, not a world-oriented terrorist movement, but a real Afghan phenomenon."
"Well, if McCain is president and if his Secretary of State is Joe Lieberman and his Secretary of Defense is [Rudolph] Giuliani, we will be moving towards the World War IV
Asked who he would like to see in a potential Obama cabinet
I would say Hagel and [Sen. Dick] Lugar would be very good Republicans [for Obama]."
Sen. Joe Biden as a potential Secretary of State
"keep [Secretary of Defense Bob] Gates in the job for a few months."
because of the very complexity of the issues, for solutions to become polarized and more extreme
Republicans move toward neocon-ish formulas, and Democrats [follow] idealistically escapist formulas. In either case you don't end up with the necessary mix of idealism and realism."