Calling President Barack Obama’s actions against Syria “misconceived” and “badly calculated,” President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says the Russian proposal “gets us off the hook.”
Appearing on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on Sunday Brzezinski and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger agreed that the United States and Russia share a common interest in avoiding American military action in the Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin saw a chance to “get into step with us by easing an immediate American difficulty, but solving a common problem,” Kissinger said.
Putin’s biggest fear with Syria, Kissinger said, is that it would lead to a radicalization of the region. Putin worries about increasingly hostile radical Muslims in the Caucasus who resent Russian involvement in the region.
Putin also grabbed an opportunity to diminish America’s standing as preeminent in the region, Brzezinski added.
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