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Iraq: "Historic, Strategic, and Moral Calamit
Brzezinski Will Say to Senate Foreign Relations Committee
01/31/2007 5:28 PM ET
Steve Clemons over at The Washington Note has gotten his hands on an advanced copy of the opening statement that Zbigniew Brzezinski will be giving at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing tomorrow.

The hearing doesn't appear to be on C-SPAN's schedule for tomorrow, but is supposed to be broadcast live on CNN Pipeline. Brzezinski will be appearing with Brent Scrowcroft.

From the way the statement reads, one could probably assume that Zbig is a little disappointed at the way things have been going lately.

1. The war in Iraq is a historic, strategic, and moral calamity. Undertaken under false assumptions, it is undermining America's global legitimacy. Its collateral civilian casualties as well as some abuses are tarnishing America's moral credentials. Driven by Manichean impulses and imperial hubris, it is intensifying regional instability.

And that is just the first point in a very, very long tract. Brzezinski also has a few recommendations for what the U.S. should do:

1. The United States should reaffirm explicitly and unambiguously its determination to leave Iraq in a reasonably short period of time.....

2. The United States should announce that it is undertaking talks with the Iraqi leaders to jointly set with them a date by which U.S. military disengagement should be completed, and the resulting setting of such a date should be announced as a joint decision. In the meantime, the U.S. should avoid military escalation.

The third and fourth points predictably urge a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis as part of a broader regoinal strategy, and multilateral discussions with ALL of Iraq's neighbors, plus others.

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