Brzezinski and the US national interest – a comment from Rome

By Giulietto Chiesa

In summary: separate Russia from China and set them against each other, persuading whichever of the two will agree to become a privileged partner of the US. Easy to say but hard to achieve. And yet it must be achieved. Otherwise the alternative for the US will be clear and unavoidable: losing its dominant role in the world, or encountering “mutually assured destruction”. It means engaging in a strategic battle (nuclear and otherwise) with one of the two antagonists, or both. Aged but untamed, Zbigniew Brzezinski tackles the “catastrophic” situation of the US in an article that – like others in his career – is meant to create a lasting impression and perhaps go down in history. It is published in ” The American Interest” ( The text takes the form of a proposal to Mrs. Hillary Clinton as the next American president. And it is, as usual, a brilliant exhibition of raw truth, accompanied by total impudence toward the rest of the world. Zbigniew Brzezinski the Pole remains convinced that America can do whatever she wants. All that is required is a decision. Of course, the situation is not good: the problem is to find the right orientation. The solution is “global realignment”. The title leaves no room for misunderstanding: realigment of the world behind the United States, which can be achieved by putting an end to the season of “Global political Awakening”. Brzezinski cites none other than himself, the Brzezinski of 2008 who published the equally epoch-making New York article whose obvious aim was to provide a line of action to President Barack Obama (NYT 2008,12,06). Who in fact adopted it, with the catastrophic effect that the whole world, America included, is now experiencing. The trick that Brzezinski suggested to Obama was not very different from what he proposed for use against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Was America beginning to stumble? Was the enemy becoming arrogant? Well, let’s give him his own beautiful Vietnam and see how he likes it. To carry out the operation it was necessary to invent and unleash Al Qaeda Islamic fundamentalists nurtured by Saudi Arabia. It worked perfectly. Even on September 11 2001, when former Mujadiheen were transformed into a useful cover story for “making the world safe” in a coup organized by neocons to cement the entire West around American leadership.

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It was useful to distract the world’s attention from the fact – increasingly apparent – that the crisis was not deriving from the red enemy (who now was no more) but was totally internal to the so-called Western market mechanism. And thus, it was necessary, at the same time, to create another enemy, “Islam”. Followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, (and later Libya and Syria). This was the “realignment” of the time. But it lasted only seven years. After that came the collapse of Lehmann Brothers, the subprime crisis, the failure of Wall Street and the huge mountain of paper derivatives that America had scattered in all directions. Through the “Global Political Awakening” Brzezinski (and his disciple Obama) prepared another beautiful Vietnam: this time for Europe (and, again, Russia). This time there were “Colour Revolutions”, wherever possible. There were “Arab Springs”; there were coups (Kiev in 2014, Ankara in 2016); there was (and is) ubiquitous and widespread terror, organized (with the support of the secret services, all, one after another, controlled by the Americans, and by Mossad. Always in the forefront, and more or less spontaneous; were (and are) the mass migrations that were moved towards Europe, and which will be intensified. There were the massive campaigns for manipulating public opinion, through spreading disinformation. There was the massive use of “metadata” , accompanied and complemented by social networks, monopolistically in the hands of US. The “Global Political Awakening” was essentially the application of Chaos Theory. The application was meant for Europe. But all of this – and we must acknowledge that Brzezinski plan’s has worked well in Europe – has also infected America. The chaos is not only artificial, and aimed outwards. It is also the poisonous fruit of the mad mechanism that is the US itself. But above all it has failed to harm external enemies. Russia and China are still there. And the more that time passes, the more they appear capable of “suddenly creat(ing) the conditions to make America militarily inferior”.

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It is at this point that Brzezinski reappears with his new recipe for realignment. As stated above, we are not talking here of Europe. Europe is already dominated (or considered as such), and will obey come hell or high water. The strategy of organized chaos, now also spontaneous, will be intensified, if necessary. The problem is not Europe, the problem is Russia, which does not give up. And China, which remains in the race, not even touched by the West’s crisis. Which should one choose as tactical partner? Here Brzezinsky loses his clarity, revealing uncertainty. American leadership, he writes, must “contain” both, with a view to eliminating one of the two. And the most likely candidate at the moment is Russia. But it doesn’t seem easy to force the surrender of Russia. Equally difficult is turning China into a reliable partner. This, at present, seems like giving a youngster on a bicycle the task of dragging an elephant. And then there is the time factor: “in perspective – Brzezinski writes – China could become intractable in the future”. What a mess! This time Hillary Clinton is being left without clear instructions. The Brzezinski recipe is not a recipe. But it will be applied: intensification of global chaos and concentration on the offensive against Russia.

Giulietto Chiesa is one of the best known Italian journalists. He was Moscow correspondent for twenty years for “L’Unità” and “La Stampa”. He worked with all major Italian television channels, from the TG1 to TG3 and TG5 and is currently political analyst for major Russian television channels. He is the only Italian journalist to be repeatedly mentioned in the autobiography of Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he has repeatedly interviewed. He writes a blog for “Il Fatto Quotidiano”. His own blog is He is founder and director of web tv. An expert in international politics and communications scholar, he founded the political-cultural movement “Alternativa”. Among his credits there are some best-sellers such as “Endless War”, “Superclan” (with Marcello Villari), “Barack Obush” (with Pino Cabras) and the movie “Zero, an inquiry into 9/11”. He is one of the initiators of Sofia Club and of the Delphi Inititative. His new book, “Putinophobia” is to come out simultaneously in France, where the author was invited as a guest at the Paris Book Fair, and in Russia.