Brzezinski to Newsmax: War With Iran Could Last Years, Devastate Global Economy

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    Jul 22, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
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    By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

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    Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warns Newsmax.TV that a confrontation with Iran would be disastrous for the United States, lasting for years and possibly devastating America's economy.

    “A war in the Middle East, in the present context, may last for years,” Brzezinski, who served in the Carter White House, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “And the economic consequences of it are going to be devastating for the average American.

    “High inflation. Instability. Insecurity. Probably significant isolation for the United States in the world scene,” Brzezinski says. “Can you name me any significant country that’s going to be in that war together on our side?

    “That’s something no one can afford to ignore,” Brzezinski adds.

    Brzezinski's warning comes as Iran apparently is ramping up tensions in the region. On Wednesday, a bus carrying Israeli youth exploded in a Bulgarian resort, killing at least six people and wounding 27, police and hospital officials said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "an Iranian terror attack" and promised a tough response.

    Syria, meanwhile, a close ally of Iran's, appears on the brink of collapse as fighting engulfs Damascus. On Monday, a bomb killed the chief of its security operations — a devastating strike that indicates a serious weakening in the security around President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

    As the U.S. fortifies its presence in the Persian Gulf in preparation for a possible showdown with Tehran over its nuclear arsenal and its threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, Brzezinski paints a frightening picture of how the U.S. would be affected by yet another war in the Middle East.

    “Rushing to war is not a wise course of action,” he says. “You can always start a war, and you know pretty much what happens when you start it. But you don’t know how long it will last, what its consequences will be – and they will be certainly very costly for the United States.”


    In Spite of the Above warnings our county seems to be 'parroting' netanyahu's claim that Iran is behind recent attacks in bulgaria an other attacks, which even the Israeli News Paper Haaretz and the bulgarians have stated unequivically that there is no proof of such accusation. Still the Israeli's are repeating the accusation and using it as a reason for war. Most of our media are promoting the same propaganda.

    But are the mainstream media repeating the above warning against war ? NOPE !!!

    There's more to the article and I'll post it later.
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    Jul 22, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    It's all about the perpetual war propaganda.

    As long as the welfare-warfare state exists, we'll be involved with shit like this forever.
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    Jul 22, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    Just nuke it.. takes abut 8 hrs lead time and then its all over!
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    Jul 23, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Iran recently renewed its threats to close the Strait of Hormuz unless sanctions against it were revoked. Tehran has repeatedly threatened to close the vital oil-shipping channel, through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil exports travel, in retaliation for sanctions placed on its oil exports by Western nations.

    “We would open it by force — and we have the power to do it, and I’m fairly confident we would do it,” says Brzezinski, who now is Robert Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.. His latest book, released in January, is Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.

    “But let’s not be simple-minded about it. We can open it up, but you can be absolutely certain that the costs of oil will skyrocket because it will still be a dangerous passage.

    “In effect, the American taxpayer should be ready to pay $5 to $10 a gallon for the pleasure of having a war in the Strait of Hormuz,” Brzezinski explains. “This is another reason why it’s a wise course of action to be prudent and patient. Time’s on our side.”

    He concurs with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that Iran probably will not have a nuclear weapon for “at least three years or so” — but, regardless, a Tehran with such arsenals is a major game-changer in the region.

    “I think some concern is justified, but hysteria and exaggeration are not. Certainly, a nuclear-armed Iran introduces a whole new destabilizing reality into the Middle East.

    “On the other hand, several years are several years. A lot can change in several years, including the regime which, if there is no confrontation with the West, is likely to be much more vulnerable to internal pressures for change.

    “So we have to take this into account and not rush to war,” he says.

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    Jul 24, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Unfortunately war in Iran is inevitable.
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    Jul 24, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    jock_1 saidUnfortunately war in Iran is inevitable.

    Do you remember IRAQ ? There's even less excuse for war with Iran when the Israeli war mongering and the US Military Industrial Complex and theire War Hawks propaganda is set aside to review reality.

    IRAN DID NOT THREATEN TO "WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP", for starters. check out "" Rumor of the Century, Iran threatens to wipe israel off the map.

    Its a fact that the US both on its own and in cooperation with Israel are the ones doing the most of the threatening, The US started interfering in Irans internal affairs way back in 53' by arranging the ouster of the democratically elected leader in favor of a despot who would play along with the US OIL INTERESTS.

    "WAR IN IRAN IS NOT INEVITABLE" It may be that the same god damn Neo Cons who led us into war with Iraq, ( which pushed it into the Open arms of Iran ) will again succeed in starting another war, but it is not inevitable.

    If you think Iraq was a waste of money and a total failure in improving the US standing in the world, just wait for the resutls of this latest Israeli / US military adventure.

    I'd say we'd be doing ourselves a huge favor by adhering to Brzezinski's advise !! We've been enough fool's errands for Isreal, this one needs to be stopped.

    JOCK_1 Are you going to volunteer to go fight the Iranians even though they have not made the threats they are accused of ? Even top Officials in Israel have admitted that Iran NEVER THREATEN'D TO '"WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP". DO YOU WANTTO STAND IN THE FRONT LINES FOR THIS FEARMONGERING BULLSHIT ?