Brzezinski: Reserve Judgment on Obama, Egypt

Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 05:02 PM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says it is too soon to determine the outcome of Egypt’s political upheaval and to Zbigniew, Brzezinski, Egypt,  Barack, Obamapass judgment on President Barack Obama’s diplomatic handling of the crisis. The Obama administration has been taken to task for not being ahead of the game, including in Newsweek’s latest cover story, “Egypt: How Obama Blew It.”

“Look, first of all we don’t know how this is going to turn out. So let’s be very careful; whether it’s a triumph or massive setback, we just don’t know, so it’s dangerous to make a judgment,” Brzezinski Tuesday said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Secondly, the fact is the United States and the White House weren’t all that central to the events in Egypt,” he said. “They were precipitated to some extent by the intense and very skillful coverage given to the events by Al Jazeera, and … by the dissemination of American technology, the Internet and so forth, which has attracted the attention and the commitment of young people who used it very effectively. We really weren’t that central to these events.”

Brzezinski was asked whether political change in Egypt can be viewed as good for Israel and long-term regional stability.

“If we get a more democratic Middle East, it’s not going to be automatically a more friendly Middle East to Israel,” he said. “But it will be a Middle East in which there will be a democratic outlook.”

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