34 Total Quotes

Zbigniew Brzezinski Quotes

I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot. I encouraged the Thai to help the Khmer Rouge. The question was how to help the Cambodian people. Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him. But China could.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#Chinese

If he's going there to grandstand, then I think it's somewhat embarrassing.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#Embarrassing

I think we haven't had a real serious national debate in this country as to what this issue is about, ... And we're dealing with kind of general slogans and images, a great deal of fear and panic. But I think that the Democrats are very much at fault in not generating a genuine debate. And I think the administration has been disingenuous in its argumentation.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#Country

We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician #Giving

A policy of simultaneously getting our allies to negotiate with the Iranians for major Iranian concessions while we at the same time condemn them internationally and allocate funds to destabilize them politically is not a policy that will be successful.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#Allies

Maybe we're better off with him sitting in New York at the U.N. than with him having an important post either in the State Department or in the National Security Council in the White House, actually shaping American policy.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#White House

In my judgment, victory is not likely.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#Victory #Judgment

According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

American power worldwide is at its historic zenith.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Bipartisanship helps to avoid extremes and imbalances. It causes compromises and accommodations. So let's cooperate.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

I cite these events because I think they underline two very disturbing phenomena - the loss of U.S. international credibility, the growing U.S. international isolation.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

I think it is important to ask ourselves as citizens, not as Democrats attacking the administration, but as citizens, whether a world power can really provide global leadership on the basis of fear and anxiety?
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

In addition to the internationalization of Iraq we have to transfer power as soon as is possible to a sovereign Iraqi authority.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

In Iraq we must succeed. Failure is not an option.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Let's cooperate and challenge the administration to cooperate with us because within the administration there are also moderates and people who are not fully comfortable with the tendencies that have prevailed in recent times.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

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.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Not to mention the fact that of course terrorists hate freedom. I think they do hate. But believe me, I don't think they sit there abstractly hating freedom.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Palestinian terrorism has to be rejected and condemned, yes. But it should not be translated defacto into a policy of support for a really increasingly brutal repression, colonial settlements and a new wall.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

Sovereignty is a word that is used often but it has really no specific meaning. Sovereignty today is nominal. Any number of countries that are sovereign are sovereign only nominally and relatively.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

The first and most important is to emphasize the enduring nature of the alliance relationship particularly with Europe which does share our values and interests even if it disagrees with us on specific policies.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

To increase the zone of peace is to build the inner core of a stable international zone.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

We cannot have that relationship if we only dictate or threaten and condemn those who disagree.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician

We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
#American Politician