Zbigniew Brzezinski says that as American power declines relative to other countries, and China’s influence grows, the United States can no longer dictate to the world, or be “the determining player of everything that is important on the global scene.” Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author and former national security adviser.
Zbigniew Brzezinski: “We are a democracy. We can only have as good a foreign policy as the public’s understanding of world affairs. And the tragedy is that the public’s understanding of world affairs in America today is abysmal.”
The whole concept of global power, one power dominating the world eventually, is associated with the West… That today is no longer attainable, because the West has declined in its influence. Simultaneously, Asia has risen….
…we can’t dictate. We can’t really be the determining player of everything that is important on the global scene.
We cannot be the global policemen, because we’ll just drive ourselves into bankruptcy, and then social resentments domestically, and loss of legitimacy internationally.