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The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up On Empire

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The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Here’s an excerpt from the article in the AI:

As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture.


Five basic verities regarding the emerging redistribution of global political power and the violent political awakening in the Middle East are signaling the coming of a new global realignment.


The first of these verities is that the United States is still the world’s politically, economically, and militarily most powerful entity but, given complex geopolitical shifts in regional balances, it is no longer the globally imperial power.”


(Toward a Global Realignment, Zbigniew Brzezinski, The American Interest)

Repeat: The US is “no longer the globally imperial power.” Compare this assessment to a statement Brzezinski made years earlier in Chessboard when he claimed the US was ” the world’s paramount power.”

“…The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world’s paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power.” (“The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives,” Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997, p. xiii)

Here’s more from the article in the AI:

“The fact is that there has never been a truly “dominant” global power until the emergence of America on the world scene….. The decisive new global reality was the appearance on the world scene of America as simultaneously the richest and militarily the most powerful player. During the latter part of the 20th century no other power even came close. That era is now ending.” (AI)

But why is “that era is now ending”? What’s changed since 1997 when Brzezinski referred to the US as the “world’s paramount power”?

Brzezinski points to the rise of Russia and China, the weakness of Europe and the “violent political awakening among post-colonial Muslims” as the proximate causes of this sudden reversal. His comments on Islam are particularly instructive in that he provides a rational explanation for terrorism rather than the typical government boilerplate about “hating our freedoms.” To his credit, Brzezinski sees the outbreak of terror as the “welling up of historical grievances” (from “deeply felt sense of injustice”) not as the mindless violence of fanatical psychopaths.

Naturally, in a short 1,500-word article, Brzezniski can’t cover all the challenges (or threats) the US might face in the future. But it’s clear that what he’s most worried about is the strengthening of economic, political and military ties between Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and the other Central Asian states. This is his main area of concern, in fact, he even anticipated this problem in 1997 when he wrote Chessboard. Here’s what he said:

“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.” (p.55)


“…To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy 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.” (p.40)

“…prevent collusion…among the vassals.” That says it all, doesn’t it?

The Obama administration’s reckless foreign policy, particularly the toppling of governments in Libya and Ukraine, has greatly accelerated the rate at which these anti-American coalitions have formed. In other words, Washington’s enemies have emerged in response to Washington’s behavior. Obama can only blame himself.

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has responded to the growing threat of regional instability and the placing of NATO forces on Russia’s borders by strengthening alliances with countries on Russia’s perimeter and across the Middle East. At the same time, Putin and his colleagues in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries have established an alternate banking system (BRICS Bank and AIIB) that will eventually challenge the dollar-dominated system that is the source of US global power. This is why Brzezinski has done a quick 180 and abandoned the plan for US hegemony; it is because he is concerned about the dangers of a non-dollar-based system arising among the developing and unaligned countries that would replace the western Central Bank oligopoly. If that happens, then the US will lose its stranglehold on the global economy and the extortionist system whereby fishwrap greenbacks are exchanged for valuable goods and services will come to an end.

Unfortunately, Brzezinski’s more cautious approach is not likely to be followed by presidential-favorite Hillary Clinton who is a firm believer in imperial expansion through force of arms. It was Clinton who first introduced “pivot” to the strategic lexicon in a speech she gave in 2010 titled “America’s Pacific Century”. Here’s an excerpt from the speech that appeared in Foreign Policy magazine:

“As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point. Over the last 10 years, we have allocated immense resources to those two theaters. In the next 10 years, we need to be smart and systematic about where we invest time and energy, so that we put ourselves in the best position to sustain our leadership, secure our interests, and advance our values. One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment — diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise — in the Asia-Pacific region…


Harnessing Asia’s growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests and a key priority for President Obama. Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology…..American firms (need) to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia…


The region already generates more than half of global output and nearly half of global trade. As we strive to meet President Obama’s goal of doubling exports by 2015, we are looking for opportunities to do even more business in Asia…and our investment opportunities in Asia’s dynamic markets.”

(“America’s Pacific Century”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton”, Foreign Policy Magazine, 2011)

Compare Clinton’s speech to comments Brzezinski made in Chessboard 14 years earlier:

“For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia… (p.30)….. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. ….About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.” (p.31)

The strategic objectives are identical, the only difference is that Brzezinski has made a course correction based on changing circumstances and the growing resistance to US bullying, domination and sanctions. We have not yet reached the tipping point for US primacy, but that day is fast approaching and Brzezinski knows it.

In contrast, Clinton is still fully-committed to expanding US hegemony across Asia. She doesn’t understand the risks this poses for the country or the world. She’s going to persist with the interventions until the US war-making juggernaut is stopped dead-in-its-tracks which, judging by her hyperbolic rhetoric, will probably happen some time in her first term.

Brzezinski presents a rational but self-serving plan to climb-down, minimize future conflicts, avoid a nuclear conflagration and preserve the global order. (aka–The “dollar system”) But will bloodthirsty Hillary follow his advice?

109 Comments on "The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up On Empire"

  1. Boat on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 8:51 am 


    You interpreted that wrong. Modern Americans feel a little guilty about how Indians were exploited. We feel a little guilty for example our racism towards Japanese during WWII. This is why there there is much empathy towards Muslims even during modern conflict. We have learned diversity is a strength. We also have learned 2nd generation immigrants assimilate to individualism more than nationalism like the majority of us. We still have a right segment of the population but shrinking. Europe looks to me a couple generations behind on the civility scale.

  2. Cloggie on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 9:37 am 

    “You interpreted that wrong. Modern Americans feel a little guilty about how Indians were exploited.”

    Did Indians ever work on cotton plantations?

    “We feel a little guilty for example our racism towards Japanese during WWII.”

    Everybody is a closet racist, certainly the Japanese and even those who insist they are “English, English and English”. But you keep them (the Japanese) in your empire anyway, right? If you insist on feeling guilty, why not admit that you nuked when they already were down and negotiations were about the future role of the emperor and all that jazz.

    “This is why there there is much empathy towards Muslims even during modern conflict.”

    Don’t make me puke:

    “We have learned diversity is a strength.”

    Yeah, it was actually the SPLC who put these genocidal ideas in your head.

    “We also have learned 2nd generation immigrants assimilate to individualism more than nationalism like the majority of us.”

    Hmmm, these BLM folks and Soros hired guns don’t really agitate as individuals, now do they.

    “We still have a right segment of the population but shrinking.”

    You mean those with 190 million fire arms who are readying themselves to leave the pc corral? LMAO!

    “Europe looks to me a couple generations behind on the civility scale.”

    Unlike Americans, who don’t have the faintest idea who they are and who for almost a century have been brainwashed with the ideas of the Frankfurter Schule…

    …now have their culture destroyed. By those who intended to use them to bring them the world.

    Meanwhile, even those who were behind these schemes now begin to realize that it is not going to happen:

    Let’s sum it up:

    – Japan is 100% pure Japanese and doesn’t take invaders/”refugees”
    – China this week refused even Muslim tourists
    – Russia and Eastern Europe are thoroughly liberated from the NWO and don’t take immigrants either
    – In Western Europe a revolutionary situation/c.q. cvil war is brewing. If France and/or Germany become nationalist and defect to SCO, the NWO is over
    – And then there is Trump and his followers. This is going to be a very interesting autumn, the one that could easily initiate the breakup of the union. There is no way that old political two-party BAU is going to be restored. The discontent of the Reps. electorate is so big that they will never return to a Rep under, say, Rubio

    Dream on, with your “civilization bonus” in one of the most violent countries on earth, where one in hundred are incarcerated (mostly colored).

    The USSR failed in conquering the world and fell apart. USA, same story. Now, THAT’s a collapse I see coming first, not an oily peak or weat t-shirts because of global warming.

  3. Apneaman on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 10:51 am 

    What a total fucking retard cognitive clog is.

    Like early 20th century Euro-tard nationalism, Japanese racial purity did not work out so well at it’s height or since. Their list of existential issues is as long as anyone’s and includes some freaky assed shit.

    “As many as a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed up in their homes – sometimes for decades at a time. Why?”

    BTW, you misspelled the word ‘wet’ “weat t-shirts”. How the fuck can that happen? Don’t worry cognitive clog, it don’t mean you are dyslexic although you are backwards in more ways than one. Also, the US is not one of the most violent countries to live in and the USSR had no illusions of “conquering” the world.

    You’re suffer from a sever case of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

  4. Boat on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 11:16 am 

    Americans don’t give a shyt about other countries except we do like trade and corporation in conflict.
    Most Americans don’t think of Japan, Canada, S Korea, Germany, Mexico etc as part of an empire.
    I would love to see a poll on the 190 million gun owners. I would guess large percentages don’t vote. I bet, like me, a lot of gun owners just like guns. Not out of fear or protection from an invading hoard. Lol Skeet shooting is a blast.

  5. derhundistlos on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 7:55 pm 

    Cloggie- A voice of sanity in the wilderness, and I admire your courage to speak the truth!!!!! Well done.

  6. Apneaman on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 8:35 pm 

    Boat, my ex wife is an American and she is practically a saint. She cares about everything and does lots of stuff – habitat for humanity, court appointed advocate for foster kids, animal rescue, etc. Not really my thing, but I helped out plenty – did my duty.

  7. Boat on Wed, 31st Aug 2016 9:27 pm 


    I had an ex that loved to save dogs. One summer we had 22 strays at one time with a couple dozens kittens. I have scooped my share of poop. Lol Yea, women can drag some good out of us men.

  8. Cloggie on Fri, 2nd Sep 2016 4:32 pm 

    Perhaps the failed coup in Turkey was the straw that broke the camel’s back which made Brzezinski give up on empire. Brzezinski admits that the CIA was involved:

    “In a Twitter tweet from his own blog, Brzezinski wrote a precis of a new article he wrote for The American Interest magazine. He writes, “The US backing of the attempted coup against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a grave mistake that could deliver a major blow to the US reputation.””

    Is Brzezinski going to become the next Paul Craig Roberts, this time of the Democrats?

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