GOP foreign policy language criticized
March 30th, 2012
12:24 AM ET
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GOP foreign policy language criticized

(CNN) – A former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter on Thursday sharply criticized the GOP presidential candidates' positions and rhetoric on foreign policy as "embarrassing, humiliating and dangerous."

"These candidates are either locking themselves into extremist positions because they actually believe them, which means they are stupid," Zbigniew Brzezinski said at a Council on Foreign Relations event moderated by CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

"Or they do so because they think that people believe that, in which case then they'd be liars, but in the meantime they're making themselves prisoners of these points of views, and that's very dangerous if any one of them should win," he said.

Brzezinski was asked to respond to comments by Mitt Romney that Russia is the United States' "number one geopolitical foe." Romney made the comments on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" after President Barack Obama was heard on an open microphone telling the Russian president he needed "space" on missile defense, a contentious issue between the two world powers.

Brzezinski says the countries must construct "an intelligent, mutually responsible long-term relationship."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. julien vergara

    Russian are different. They dont trust us. They dont have feeling for human being. All they want is money to survive. I dont think they believe on god

    March 30, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  2. David

    Mr. Brzezinski oversaw Jimmy Carter's disastrous foreign policy including the Desert One debacle in Iran. No foreign policy has been as ill-conceived and harmful to the United States as that of Jimmy Carter and Mr. Brzezinski; a foreign policy that sought to accept a diminished role in the world for the United States and other democratic states and the acceptance of totalitarian rule for much of the world, a foreign policy that was hostile to our traditional allies, a foreign policy that ignored the Congress, and a foreign policy that resorted to hand-wringing self-pity in the face of Iran's occupation of our embassy and flaunting of the most basic international law provisions.

    March 30, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  3. Thomas

    Zbigniew Brzezinski is right on .

    We are witnessing the inheritance of the ignorant. Bring back the later day Bush Jr and make him empire.

    Romney / Rubio

    March 30, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. Steve-Illinois

    A former national security advisor to Carter? 400 and how many days the hostages sat in Iran? This guy needs to go back into oblivion, or wherever it is he's been for the last 30 years, and stay there! After the disaster of the Carter Presidency you would think anyone associated with it would try hard to remain anonymous!

    March 30, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |