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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor under Carter; counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and co-author of Strategic Vision:  America and the Crisis of Global Power, offers a foreign policy blueprint for the 21st century.

EVENT: Booksigning at Barnes & Noble Union Square 1/24 at 7PM in conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Guests:

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Comments [23]

Political PoP from America

So look where americas greed has got us. =)

Jan. 25 2012 12:25 PM
Marc from Manhattan

to jgarbuz: Well what do you know! seems we agree on this but disagree on almost everything else :P

I get a bit PO'd at many Chinese thou that feel that they achieved their "economic miracle" all on their own without realizing that it was the USA that gave them the investment, jobs and technology and Dollars that they have to restore their dignity. We have all contributed to China's rise and if it were not for US CHina would not be where it is today.. BTEW it was all doen by expanding the money supply outside of the gold system thru "deficit" monetary expansion. That is why Nixon started the relationship with China AND also took us off the gold standard to set the monetary stage for a new round of monetary expansion fueled growth. Like Chaney said Deficits (wisely spent ) DONT MATTER

Marc

Jan. 24 2012 01:13 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

America does not have a high speed rail system because those that could finance one see bigger gains in other markets and the government cannot generate the revenue to open that alternative.

Some rich guy, say Mitt Romney, earns $20M in one year. He pays federal taxes of $3M. The income is from capital gains. He pays no FICA.

Spread the same $20M across 400 $50K/year earners. The Federal take is almost $5.66M. Both sets of taxpayers pay the same 15% marginal rate but the $50K person has FICA taxes to carry.

Concentrating wealth starves the government. Thus, starved all government programs become harder to fund. Increasing incomes in the middle classes will fix the revenue hole faster.

Jan. 24 2012 12:31 PM
Andy Warhol from Manhattan

For the last 9 months I have been signing in/out at the security desks as various different late modern artists [such as Judd, Pollock, Basquiat, etc...]. I don't allow myself to re-use a name within a period of a month.
It has proven to be a good exercise in art history...

Jan. 24 2012 12:07 PM
Johan from New York

Perhaps you have to be a non-(patriotic)American to actually see in front of our own eyes how the US [incl. New York] is becoming embarrassingly out of date...

Jan. 24 2012 11:53 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Mark of Manhattan

BULLSEYE! You hit the nail square on! The US subverted Red China by first making the "Asian Tigers" rich and then it spread into China more rapidly than had been expected. But I don't think China is an enemy. China is for China, and they want to live like we used to :) Who doesn't? We would like to live like we used to too!

Jan. 24 2012 11:53 AM
Geoff from Yonkers

Seems like some commenters miss - or ignore - your request to be civil. Thanks for having Dr. Brzezinski on, and for a good length of time, and conducting a great interview.

Jan. 24 2012 11:53 AM
E. M.

Wonderful interview with Dr. Brzezinski. I could not agree with him more and I wish and hope that he is consulted by the current administration. Wish I could go to the book signing...

Jan. 24 2012 11:51 AM
ph

Some security simply act as doormen. That's fine and that generally deters numerous petty crimes; these positions existed way before 2001. At the bank I used to work at, there were armed security with what looked like semi-automatics.

Jan. 24 2012 11:49 AM
Mike from Jersey City

Right that, Sheldon.

Let's home Mika(sp?) asks harder questions than we heard here.

Jan. 24 2012 11:44 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Mike, I agree but there are fundamental structural problems with our economy, particularly - with infrastructure and education. It's not just energy.

Jan. 24 2012 11:43 AM
Michael from Springfield, Missouri

Thanks Brian for having such an interesting and intelligent guest.

Please ask Mr.Brzezinski his opinion on the Euro debt crisis and what can be done.

Jan. 24 2012 11:37 AM
mark from manhattan

The United states deal with China was made in the 80's . We made them rich That was part of the deal that brought them into capitalism. The USA knew exactly what it was doing when we opened the flood gates of investment into China. Its the same formulae that we used in Japan, Germany and the Asian Tiger states.. the fact that we didn't manage the economic consequences for our own population is not the fault of the Asian countries that we have brought into this game its the result of the greed of capitalists here that know that money is power and the doling of jobs and keeping us impoverished is the best way to control who does what when.

Jan. 24 2012 11:36 AM
Peter from North Carolina

Did Mr. Brzezinski really recommend to President Obama that the US should militarily stop Israel from taking out Iran's nuclear war making technology if Israel made such an attempt?

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/zbig-brzezinski-obama-administration-should-tell-israel-us-will-attack-israeli-jets-if-they-try-to-a/

Jan. 24 2012 11:36 AM
Mike from Jersey City

Not at all. But I think that much of that weakness arises from public policy, such as deficits and the unreasonable interference with the develop of domestic energy resources (not to say that those energy guys don't need to be "supervised"). Imagine what happens when we stop exporting $400 billion to buy oil.

Jan. 24 2012 11:35 AM
Ki Tov from Jersey City

If the West should now include Russia and Turkey, doesn't it make more sense to make the conceptual shift to thinking and talking about the North & South as the key global dynamic? As it may have actually been for the past 400+ years.

Jan. 24 2012 11:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Mike from Jersey, are you saying that the US economy is in tip-top shape?

Jan. 24 2012 11:31 AM
Mike from Jersey City

ONE MAJOR SETBACK? How about Afghanistan? How about Nicaragua? How about Angola, Mozambique? How about the SS-19 deployment in Eastern Europe? How about the Cambodian genocide?

Jan. 24 2012 11:31 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Martin - your reactionary zionism seeps out yet again

Jan. 24 2012 11:29 AM
Mike from Jersey City

So Brian, how about asking this guy to cite indicents where the guest actually made the right call? Huh?

Key facts on the economy the the guest just trashed: 1) the U.S. is the second or third largest exporting nation in the world; 2) the U.S. is the second largest manufacturing country in the world, after China, with a much more sophisticated, higher value-added mix of manufactures.

So, to repeat the question: why should we assume this guy knows what he's talking about?

Jan. 24 2012 11:21 AM
Jeb from Greenpoint

What is the scope of our drone war in the Middle East and North Africa and what is its ultimate aim?

Jan. 24 2012 11:16 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Oh, goodie, the architect of Jimmy Carter's hapless foreign policy....ridiculed the world over, except in Tehran....can't wait.

Brian, ask him how that turned out.

Jan. 24 2012 10:57 AM

Is our military large enough? who are our military rivals ?

Jan. 24 2012 10:31 AM

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