Zbigniew Brzezinski

(Zbigniew Kazimierz "Zbig" Brzezinski)

Zbigniew Brzezinski
Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • Born: March 28, 1928
  • Died: May 26, 2017
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









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[Communism] is the 20th century's most extraordinary political aberration. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Acting alone is probably to condemn oneself to isolation and probably … warfare. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad …. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being…. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Anyone who wants to have a perfect democracy is dreaming. Democracies & Republics
Are we going to start a war, the end of which we cannot see? Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
By the next century communism's irreversible historical decline will have made its practice and its dogma largely irrelevant to the human condition. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Communism has ... made people [Russian workers] very lazy. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Conflicts arouse tremendous passions and passion clouds judgment. Human Nature
Extremism of the right should not be answered by extremism of the left, because neither extremism will work. The country has been wise in avoiding extremism Liberals & Conservatives
Foreign policy of a pluralistic democracy like the United States should be based on bipartisanship because bipartisanship is the means and the framework for formulating policies based on moderation and on the recognition of the complexity of the human condition Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
History is much more the product of chaos than of conspiracy. History
If America and China collide, both will suffer. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In today's restless world, America needs to identify with the quest for universal human dignity, a dignity that embodies both freedom and democracy but also implies respect for cultural diversity. Freedom & Liberty
It is important that we get our people back, but your greater responsibility is to protect the honor and dignity of our country and its foreign policy interests. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Look at those Republican [Presidential Primary Nomination] debates. I feel embarrassed as an American when I hear them orate. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
New and old major powers face still yet another novel reality – in some respects, unprecedented. And it is that while the lethality, the lethality, of their power is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historic low …. in earlier times, it was easier to control a million people than physically to kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Some communist countries think that free enterprise will save them the same way that they thought communism would save them. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The notion that our only strategic choice is MAD (mutually assured destruction)—which means nothing less than an unstable pact to commit instant and total mutual suicide in the event of war—is irrational, immoral and unnecessary. Defense & National Security
The President of the United States should be very careful about the veracity of his public assertions. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Times change; people change. Miscellaneous
To crush an insurgency you have to have political support from the society in which the insurgency operates. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have a tendency in America to deal with foreign affairs on a day by day basis. We are so saturated with facts that we do no look at a longer, broader picture. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We short history; the Chinese long history. History ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We want to give them more than a choice between capitulation and strangulation. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When you have made an error of historic proportions, the sooner you change policy, the smaller the price you will pay. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Whoever is in charge thinks the system is just great. Management & Managing Government
World government is a premature concept at this stage. We are moving more and more into supernational arrangements, but it is too early still. United Nations
World politics is not a kindergarten. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You can always give advice. Whether it's listened to is more doubtful. Miscellaneous
You cannot be leading if you are misleading. Democracy is based on trust. Democracies & Republics
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. History
American power worldwide is at its historic zenith. Power
Bipartisanship helps to avoid extremes and imbalances. It causes compromises and accommodations. So let's cooperate.
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. War & Peace
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.
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? Power ;Leaders & Leadership
In Iraq we must succeed. Failure is not an option. Failure
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. Government ;War & Peace
It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam.
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.
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. Religion & God
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. Freedom & Liberty
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.
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.
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. Nature
To increase the zone of peace is to build the inner core of a stable international zone. War & Peace
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. War & Peace
We cannot have that relationship if we only dictate or threaten and condemn those who disagree.
We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
We have actually experienced in recent months a dramatic demonstration of an unprecedented intelligence failure, perhaps the most significant intelligence failure in the history of the United States. History ;Failure
We need to ask who is the enemy, and the enemies are terrorists.
We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. War & Peace
We should be therefore supporting a larger Europe, and in so doing we should strive to expand the zone of peace and prosperity in the world which is the necessary foundation for a stable international system in which our leadership could be fruitfully exercised. Leaders & Leadership ;War & Peace
We should seek to cooperate with Europe, not to divide Europe to a fictitious new and a fictitious old.