Sunday, October 17, 2010

How is Obama doing?

On October 17, 2010, David Ignatius interviewed Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Ignatius asked the two of them to talk about how the Obama administration was doing so far. Scowcroft praised the President for changing the image of the United States around the world.

“When the President came into office, disapproval of the United States was at an all time high,” said Scowcroft. “He turned that around with a succession of speeches in which he laid out a vision and I think it uplifted the world.”

On the other hand, Scowcroft criticized the President for failing to implement that vision.

“Delivery on those expectations has been very spotty,” said Scowcroft.

Brzezinski agreed that the administration had failed to implement its policies and offered an explanation as to why the President had failed.

“I think the president has to realize something that perhaps is difficult for someone in that office to fully digest,” said Brzezinski. “Presidential leadership in foreign affairs cannot be measured by the scope of domestic support of this or that group. It has to be measured by the anticipated consequence of success. But that has to involve then a great deal of courage and determination to move forward and there hasn’t been too much of that.”

In his final comment, Scowcroft noted how important the Internet had become.

“We have a new world being born in front of us,” said Scowcroft. “It’s a turbulent world. Information technology is flooding the world with information. What we need to do is guide it in a way that’s useful to all of us.”

I took that to mean Scowcroft wanted us to lie about our history. By the way, none of the three participants in the interview seemed happy. Scowcroft, in particular seemed very glum.

Why so glum, Scowcroft?

I think all three of them know about me, know about what my government has done to me, know the truth about what our government has been doing around the world, and I think they want nothing more than to keep all this from ever becoming public knowledge. We’ll see if they succeed.

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