So, who are Obama's advisors? This is where it gets a little scary. Obama has surrounded himself with a combination of the cream of Bill Clinton's foreign policy team, a few gold-medal liberal hawk fanatics, and, worst of all, the obsessively Russophobic Zbigniew Brzezinski plus Zbig's power-lawyer son, Mark.
Brzezniski pere is a Polish refugee who like so many East European immigrants brought his Old World bigotries to the New World as a guiding principle. That bigotry is a hatred of Russia and a desire to see it destroyed, no matter what the consequences. Indeed Brzezinski recently revealed his Dr. Evil plot from the late 1970s: as Carter's National Security Advisor, he had personally overseen an operation to incite the Soviet-Afghanistan war, to draw Russia into invading in order to bleed his nemesis dry. Considering that the policy eventually led to the Taliban and 9/11, it's a rather odd bragging right to claim. Unless you don't give a shit about biting your host America's nose off to spite your old enemy Russia's face.
Indeed Brzezinski has always been one of the very worst of America's hall of fame war-mongerers: in the 60s he was an avid supporter of the Vietnam War, and signed up as a pro-war adviser to Democrat killjoy Hubert Humphrey's campaign in 1968; he was the architect of the idiotic Delta Force pile-up in Iran in 1980; he broke ranks with the Democrats and supported Bush Sr. in 1988; and in the 1990s, he led the charge for rapid NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, stood for pulling Ukraine into NATO as a way of weakening Russia, and pushed for control of Azerbaijan's Caspian Sea oil even at the cost of ignoring Azerbaijan's anti-democratic regime. (Meanwhile Brzezinski worked for a consortium that allowed him to personally profited from Azeri oil). Most sinister of all, Brzezinski is a charter member of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, a creepy NGO featuring an A-List of Islam-bashing neocons like Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney and James Woolsey, who found a ray of Islamic pity in their Clash of Civilization hearts for just one Muslim people--the Chechens, who just happened, by coincidence, to conveniently be at war with Russia.
This leads to Brzezinski's greatest livelong obsession: the idea (and the policy) of breaking up the Soviet Union along ethnic lines, an obsession going back to his college Master's Thesis. It was an idea first trumpeted by Poland's fascist intra-war dictator Jozef Pilsudski, and it fulfills every Polish nationalist's dream of seeing Russia's permanently confined to a wheelchair.
Brzezinski's agenda should jibe perfectly with another all-star on Obama's foreign policy team, Samantha Power, who is cut from the same liberal hawk cloth as all the Michael Ignatieffs, David Rieffs and Thomas Friedmans, not to mention the Anthony Lakes and other Clinton A-listers on Obama's staff. These are the people who are going to find us new wars to enter, only their wars will be better wars because their wars are "humanitarian wars." Perfect timing as well, since the gold standard of their "humanitarian wars," the Kosovo campaign, is just about to finally blowback hard in the West's face. What better way for a liberal hawk to erase the memory of previous bad policies than to double down with a new humanitarian war?
All you need to get it going is a genocide, and if there's one activity that'll never go out of style, it's genocide. Take your pick: Darfur, Congo, Burma, Kenya.
Or hey, how about Chechnya?