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What Does It Take to be Discredited?

By any normal standard, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser, would be consigned to the dustbin of history along with his boss. But, since the media have an inexhaustible hunger for anti-George Bush talking heads, Brzezinski has been brought out of retirement, or wherever he’s been for the last 20 years.

Yesterday, Brzezinski had the temerity to pontificate on Iran. He thinks the Bush administration has a “false sense of urgency” about Iran. He criticizes President Bush for “loose talk” about “all options being on the table.” This, of course, “alienates much of the international community.” Here he is:


It’s hard to say what provocation Brzezinski would think sufficient to justify a threat of military action against Iran. The storming of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and the terrorists’ holding 70 Americans hostage for more than a year didn’t do it. Hauling Brzezinski out to talk about Iran is an absurdity that can be explained only by the fact that today’s media environment is one of open season on the Bush administration.

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