Wisdom absorbed on the way to the store

I went out for an errand a few minutes ago and had my radio tuned, as usual, to WUNC.  The program in progress was ”On Point” and tonight’s subject was the future of US foreign policy.  Former National Security Advisor Zbegniew Brezinski and former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, two men whom I have always admired, were the guests.  Brezinski made two statements in the short time I was listening which I can’t get out of my head.   Audio is available on the site if you want to indulge.


I’m sure what I post here are not exact quotes, but damn close. 



“…Continually saying that we are ‘fighting a war on terrorism’ is baffling and simplistic.  Terrorism is a tactic, not an enemy.  Stating that the U.S. is fighting a war on terrorism is akin to saying World War II was fought to defeat the blitzgrieg….”


“…The way to win a war is by uniting your allies and dividing your enemies.  The US  is pursuing a war that divides our allies and unites our enemies.  This baffles me also…”


Smart man, that Zbigniew.

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