Mr. Brzezinski acknowledged that the US has lost much of the leverage it had a score of years ago, adding Washington was not likely to ever recover its position as the dominating global force, at least not in the lifetime of anyone in this hall, the analyst noted as he addressed the congregation at his alma mater.
The ex-security adviser to President Jimmy Carter stressed it was essential for the US to come to terms with a more-than-ever complex modern world, despite its high moral ground. Americans' credulity in their exceptionality is "premature" to say the least, he added.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who is one of the nation’s best geostrategists, has virtually contested the concept of "American exceptionalism," which has become a 'sine qua non' of any public speech delivered today in the US.
He warned fellow Americans that the world would be getting even more complex and dangerous as they go and called on his compatriots to show common sense, responsibility, and a comprehensive understanding of what is going on around them, stressing only this state of alertness could guarantee the country’s sensibility.
The 85-year-old veteran of American political science delivered his speech at an event organized to cast spotlight on the recent release of an biographic book titled Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski, written by his former students and friends.
Attending the meeting were such heavyweights of American politics as the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, ex-Defense Minister Robert Gates, Brzezinski’s National Security predecessor Brent Scowcroft and one of their successors, Stephen Hadley. The 39th US President and Brzezinski’s former boss Jimmy Carter sent his regards. His was also the authorship of the foreword.
The club of prominent ex’s flocked together to discuss various aspects of the US foreign strategy, with Gates focusing on its relations with Russia. The former US defense chief expressed his doubt that Moscow and Washington were ready for a fully-fledged partnership but reminded the congregation that the two former cold-war adversaries had some breakthroughs and praised the Kremlin on its “smart maneuver” in the Syrian peace talks.
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