Unsage Advice

With the campaign season heating up, David Rivkin says that new books by Madeleine Albright and Zbigniew Brzezinski might not provide the soundest advice.

Issue: May-June 2008

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower (New York: Basic Books, 2007), 240 pp., $26.95.

Madeleine Albright, Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (New York: HarperCollins, 2008), 336 pp., $26.95.


THE GRAND figures of the Democratic foreign-policy establishment, Madeleine Albright and Zbigniew Brzezinski, have each endorsed one of the two rivals for their party's presidential nomination, Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL). Albright, who served as United States ambassador to the United Nations and as secretary of state during Bill Clinton's administration, now supports his wife's bid for the Oval Office. Brzezinski, national-security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, now advises Obama's presidential campaign. If elected, either candidate can be counted on to staff his or her foreign-policy team with officials who learned their trade under Albright and Brzezinski and who will generally share their views.

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