The Unusual Convergence of Scowcroft and Brzezinski

From a book review by Moisés Naím in the Washington Post:

As Scowcroft and Brzezinski move on to discuss China, Russia and Europe, a central point they repeatedly make is that the United States must shed the bunker mentality that has infused its foreign policy since 9/11. According to Ignatius, both men want “to restore a confident, forward leaning America. . . . Their idea of a twenty-first century American superpower is a nation that reaches out to the world — not to preach but to listen and cooperate and, where necessary, compel.” That position, in turn, is rooted in a recognition of what Brzezinski calls the global political awakening. “For the first time in history,” he contends, “all of the world is politically activated . . . creating massive intolerance, impatience with inequality . . . jealousies, resentment, more rapid immigration.” These demands for dignity and higher living standards (which governments often are unable to meet), coupled with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, lead Brzezinski to observe ominously that “today, it’s much easier to kill a million people than to govern a million restless, stirred-up, impatient people.”