Zbigniew Brzezinski quotes

  • Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They'll only be able to parrot the information they've been given on the previous night's news.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Night #Thinking #News

  • Israel's international position is very badly damaged. A country which started off as a symbol of recovery of a people who were greatly persecuted now looks like a country that is persecuting people. And that's very bad.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Recovery #Israel

  • The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Historical #Would Be #Citizens

  • The Israelis are becoming increasingly like the white supremacist South Africans, viewing the Palestinians as a lower form of life, not hesitating to kill a great many of them and justifying this on the grounds that they are being the objects of terrorism, which is true.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #White #Becoming #Terrorism

  • The key point to bear in mind is that Russia cannot be in Europe without Ukraine also being in Europe, whereas Ukraine can be in Europe without Russia being in Europe.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ukraine #Europe #Keys

  • Our world is integrated to an unprecedented degree, while the global political awakening is injecting into interstate relations an intense amount of tension, emotion, even irrationality, which could cumulatively produce circumstances that preclude an effective and genuinely shared universal response to new global problems.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Our World #Political #Awakening

  • Russia can be either an empire or a democracy, but it cannot be both. . . . Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ukraine #Russia #Democracy

  • [American exceptionalism] is a reaction to the inability of people to understand global complexity or important issues like American energy dependency. Therefore, they search for simplistic sources of comfort and clarity. And the people that they are now selecting to be, so to speak, the spokespersons of their anxieties are, in most cases, stunningly ignorant.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Issues #People #Anxiety

  • This regionalization is in keeping with the Tri-Lateral Plan which calls for a gradual convergence of East and West, ultimately leading toward the goal of one world government. National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Government #Goal #World

  • More directly linked to the impact of technology, it involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Technology #Impact #Political

  • One has to understand what the enemy is all about: the enemy's history, the enemy's culture, the enemy's aspirations. If you understand these well, you can perhaps move towards peace.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Moving #Enemy #Culture

  • We have a large public that is very ignorant about public affairs and very susceptible to simplistic slogans by candidates who appear out of nowhere, have no track record, but mouth appealing slogans
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ignorance #Track #Ignorant

  • Most Americans are close to total ignorance about the world. They are ignorant. That is an unhealthy condition in a country in which foreign policy has to be endorsed by the people if it is to be pursued. And it makes it much more difficult for any president to pursue an intelligent policy that does justice to the complexity of the world.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Ignorance #Intelligent

  • Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen...
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Liberty #Surveillance #Information

  • Lets cooperate and challenge the administration to cooperate with us because within the administration there are also moderates and people who are not fully comfortable with the tendencies that have prevailed in recent times.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #People #Challenges #Administration

  • Though Stalinism may have been a needless tragedy for both the Russian people and communism as an ideal, there is the intellectually tantalizing possibility that for the world at large it was, as we shall see, a blessing in disguise.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Blessing #People #Tragedy

  • Hegemony is as old as mankind.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Hegemony #Mankind

  • I cite these events because I think they underline two very disturbing phenomena - the loss of U.S. international credibility, the growing U.S. international isolation.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Loss #Thinking #Two

  • I think the US has the right to have its own national security policy. I think most Americans would agree with that. And therefore clarity on this issue is important and especially if we commit ourselves, explicitly and bindingly, to Israel's security.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Thinking #Issues #Israel

  • I don't think there is an implicit obligation for the United States to follow like a stupid mule whatever the Israelis do. If they decide to start a war, simply on the assumption that we will be automatically drawn into it, I think it is the obligation of friendship to say "you're not going to be making national decisions for us"
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #War #Stupid #Thinking

  • In early times, it was easier to control a million people than to kill a million. Today, it is infinitely easier to to kill a million people than to control a million.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #People #Historical #Today

  • The mistakes of the Iraq war are not only tactical and strategic, but historical. It is essentially a war of colonialism, attempted in the post-colonial age.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Mistake #War #Iraq

  • I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot. I encouraged the Thailand|Thai to help the Khmer Rouge. The question was how to help the Cambodian people. Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him. But China could.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #People #Support #Chinese

  • To put it in a terminology that hearkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geo-strategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Age #Together #Empires

  • Because when you kill 300 people, 400 people, who have nothing to do with the provocations Hezbollah staged, but you do it in effect deliberately by being indifferent to the scale of collateral damage, you're killing hostages in the hope of intimidating those that you want to intimidate. And more likely than not you will not intimidate them. You'll simply outrage them and make them into permanent enemies with the number of such enemies increasing.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Numbers #People #Enemy

  • There is an element of paranoia in this inclination to view any serious attempt at a compromised peace as somehow directed against Israel.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Israel #Views #Elements

  • Technology will make available to the leaders of major nations, techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised.....techniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Technology #Weather #Leader

  • The first and most important is to emphasize the enduring nature of the alliance relationship particularly with Europe which does share our values and interests even if it disagrees with us on specific policies.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Europe #Important #Alliances

  • We have to make a really cold judgement. Would the consequence of civil war be more devastating than the consequences of staying the course?.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #War #Judgement #Cold

  • Sovereignty is a word that is used often but it has really no specific meaning. Sovereignty today is nominal. Any number of countries that are sovereign are sovereign only nominally and relatively.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Numbers #Sovereign

  • The society will be dominated by an elite of persons free from traditional values who will have no doubt in fulfilling their objectives by means of purged techniques with which they will influence the behavior of people and will control and watch the society in all details. It will become possible to exert a practically permanent watch on each citizen of the world.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Mean #People #Doubt

  • With the more endowed nations constrained by their own higher technological capacity for self-destruction as well as by self interest, war may have become a luxury that only the poor peoples of this world can afford.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #War #Self #Luxury

  • The dynamic character of China's nonstatist economic transformation, including its social openness to the rest of the world, is not mutually compatible in the long run with a relatively closed and bureaucratically rigid Communist dictatorship.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Running #Character #Long

  • Russia's only real geostrategic option - the option that would give Russia a realistic international role and also maximize the opportunity of transforming and socially modernizing itself - is Europe.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Real #Opportunity #Europe

  • It is conceivable that at some point a truly united and powerful European Union could become a global political rival to the United States.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Powerful #Political #Unions

  • There is an element of delusional obsession in the French political elite's preoccupation with the notion that France is still a global power.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Political #Elements #France

  • The scope of America's global hegemony is admittedly great, but its depth is shallow, limited by both domestic and external restraints.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #America #Hegemony #Depth

  • The language of the internet is English, and an overwhelming proportion of the global computer chatter also originates from America, influencing the content of global conversation.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #America #Language #Computer

  • Like so many empires before it, the Soviet Union eventually imploded and fragmented, falling victim not so much to a direct military defeat as to disintegration accelerated by economic and social strains.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Military #Fall #Unions

  • Benchmarks are targets that have to be fulfilled. They cannot be fulfilled in an indefinite period of time, so there are timetables in benchmarks." (On the "benchmarks" used by George W. Bush
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Target #Periods #Used

  • nation state as a fundamental unit of man's organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Men #Creative #Political

  • We should be therefore supporting a larger Europe, and in so doing we should strive to expand the zone of peace and prosperity in the world which is the necessary foundation for a stable international system in which our leadership could be fruitfully exercised.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Europe #World #Foundation

  • There are major disappointments with the outcomes of Solidarity: corruption, and major pockets of economic backwardness and even poverty. By and large, though, if there were a choice between the life Poles led in the 1970s and 1980s and now, nobody but a lunatic would say they wanted to have back what they had before.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Disappointment #Choices #Outcomes

  • For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia... Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia - and America's global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #America #Long #Chiefs

  • Not to mention the fact that of course terrorists hate freedom. I think they do hate. But believe me, I don't think they sit there abstractly hating freedom.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Hate #Believe #Thinking

  • It follows that America's primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #America #Space #Community

  • In fact, an Islamic revival - already abetted from the outside not only by Iran but also by Saudi Arabia - is likely to become the mobilizing impulse for the increasingly pervasive new nationalisms, determined to oppose any reintegration under Russian - and hence infidel - control.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Islamic #Iran #Arabia

  • In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Communication #Personality #Support

  • What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #War #Europe #Important

  • Because you can't intervene everywhere, you don't conclude you can't intervene anywhere.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

  • To resolve conflicts, excessive ambitions and one's own fears and aspirationis must be sacrificed.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ambition #Conflict #Resolve

  • According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Military #Army #Reality

  • Too rich to be relevant to the world's poor, [Europe] attracts immigration but cannot encourage imitation. Too passive regarding international security. Too self-satisfied, it acts as if its central political goal is to become the worlds most comfortable retirement home. Too set in its ways, it fears multicultural diversity
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Retirement #Home #Self

  • Moreover, they [the Central Asian Republics] are of importance from the standpoint of security and historical ambitions to at least three of their most immediate and more powerful neighbors, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, with China also signaling an increasing political interest in the region. But the Eurasian Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Powerful #Ambition #Iran

  • Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Breakup #Regret #War

  • Henceforth, the United States may have to determine how to cope with regional coalitions that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby threatening America's status as a global power.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #America #May #United States

  • Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Fashion #America #Issues

  • In the long run, global politics are bound to become increasingly uncongenial to the concentration of hegemonic power in the hands of a single state. Hence, America is not only the first, as well as the only, truly global superpower, but it is also likely to be the very last.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Running #Hands #America

  • A great deal of world politics is a fundamental struggle, but it is also a struggle that has to be waged intelligently.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Struggle #World #Fundamentals

  • America is now the only global superpower, and Eurasia is the globe's central arena. Hence, what happens to the distribution of power on the Eurasian continent will be of decisive importance to America's global primacy and to America's historical legacy.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #America #Historical #Arena

  • Bipartisanship helps to avoid extremes and imbalances. It causes compromises and accommodations. So let's cooperate.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Imbalance #Causes #Helping

  • I think it is important to ask ourselves as citizens, not as Democrats attacking the administration, but as citizens, whether a world power can really provide global leadership on the basis of fear and anxiety?
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Thinking #Anxiety #Important

  • History is much more the product of chaos than of conspiracy
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Chaos #Conspiracy #Conspiracy Theory

  • Today we are in a situation in which the free movement of people can have enormous, monumental dimensions, and I don't think that any country in Western Europe or in America can any longer adopt the idea of totally free movement of people. I t would simply overwhelm their social facilities, their societies and create migratory dynamics on the scales of tens and tens of millions of people. That simply is not practical.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Thinking #Europe

  • War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #War #Views #Vision

  • Palestinian terrorism has to be rejected and condemned, yes. But it should not be translated defacto into a policy of support for a really increasingly brutal repression, colonial settlements and a new wall.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Wall #Support #Terrorism

  • Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Islam #Looks #Followers

  • The notion that somehow or another they'll (Iran) put it in a picnic basket and hand it to some terrorist group is merely an argument that may be convincing to some people who don't know anything about nuclear weapons. I don't find that argument very credible, I'm not sure that people who make it even believe in it. But it's a good argument to make if you have no other argument to make. The fact of the matter is, Iran has been around for 3000 years, and that is not a symptom of a suicidal instinct.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Believe #Suicidal #Hands

  • The most immediate task is to make certain that no state or combination of states gains the capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even to diminish significantly its decisive arbitration role.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Power #Tasks #Roles

  • The Israelis have a lot of influence with Congress, and in some cases they are able to buy influence.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Able #Influence #Cases

  • Foreign policy of a pluralistic democracy like the United States should be based on bipartisanship because bipartisanship is the means and the framework for formulating policies based on moderation and on the recognition of the complexity of the human condition. That has been the tradition since the days of Truman and Vandenberg all the way until recent times.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Mean #Democracy #United States

  • We cannot leap into world government through one quick step.... The precondition for eventual and genuine globalization is progressive regionalization because by that we move toward larger, more stable, more cooperative units.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Moving #Government #World

  • However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Powerful #Ukraine #Europe

  • But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Russia #Media #Baggage

  • In Iraq we must succeed. Failure is not an option.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Iraq #Succeed #Failure Is Not An Option

  • People, governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs of multinational banks and corporations.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Government #People #Needs

  • Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Stupid #Islam #West

  • Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of mass media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the piecemeal transformation of the United States into a highly controlled society.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Media #Personality #Would Be

  • Speaking of a future at most only decades away, an experimenter in intelligence control asserted, “I foresee a time when we shall have the means and therefore, inevitably, the temptation to manipulate the behavior and intellectual functioning of all the people through environmental and biochemical manipulation of the brain.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Mean #People #Temptation

  • The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America's engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Attitude #War #America

  • An arc of crisis stretches along the shores of the Indian Ocean, with fragile social and political structures in a region of vital importance to us threatened with fragmentation. The resulting political chaos could well be filled by elements hostile to our values and sympathetic to our adversaries.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Ocean #Political #Elements

  • Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Independent #Ukraine

  • The momentum of Asia's economic development is already generating massive pressures for the exploration and exploitation of new sources of energy and the Central Asian region and the Caspian Sea basin are known to contain reserves of natural gas and oil that dwarf those of Kuwait, the Gulf of Mexico, or the North Sea.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Sea #Kuwait #Oil

  • No matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for national advantages to some, the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Technology #Matter #Next

  • Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is, defense spending) and the human sacrifice (casualties, even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Passion #Sacrifice #Self

  • We look a little bit disorderly, indecisive, leaderless. That's a real problem, and that's a problem that concerns me particularly on foreign affairs. The presidency, not just President Obama, but the presidency in recent years has lost some of the terrain that they used to dominate in the making of foreign policy. I think President Obama has to make a serious effort to regain it because he lost some of it himself.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Real #Thinking #Years

  • Today it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #People #Today #Easier

  • We cannot have that relationship if we only dictate or threaten and condemn those who disagree.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Disagree

  • We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Eyebrows #Probability

  • According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Army #Sea #Aids

  • The Technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more CONTROLLED society. Such a society would be dominated by ELITE, unrestrained by traditional values.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Eras #Would Be #Appearance

  • American power worldwide is at its historic zenith.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Zenith #Historic

  • Today we are again witnessing the emergence of transnational elites ... [Whose] ties cut across national boundaries ...It is likely that before long the social elites of most of the more advanced countries will be highly internationalist or globalist in spirit and outlook ... The nation-state is gradually yielding its sovereignty... Further progress will require greater American sacrifices. More intensive efforts to shape a new world monetary structure will have to be undertaken, with some consequent risk to the present relatively favorable American position.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #Country #Cutting #Sacrifice

  • Iraq may have been a preview of that, but it's still redeemable if we get out fast. In a war with Iran, we'll get dragged down for 20 or 30 years. The world will condemn us. We will lose our position in the world.
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

    #War #Iran #Years

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