Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski spent some time educating the nation -- and Joe Scarborough -- about the way to frame the current Gaza tragedy and what needs to be done to move forward.
Brzezinski laments the tragedy and loss of life in the Israeli attack on Gaza -- but he properly diagnoses this as yet another stage in the predictable cycle of violence that neither the Israelis nor Palestinians seem able to pull them self away from. In other words, Brzezinski is saying that the Gaza mess is old news, old politics, and a predictable manifestation of strategic and moral immaturity on all sides.
Brzezinski's exchange with Joe Scarborough is sweeping the internet now because of his statement to Morning Joe's namesake:
You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you.
Ouch. . .yes. But as Mika Brzezinski said about her father and growing up in her household, that sort of statement by Zbig almost reflects 'affection.'
But that exchange, while entertaining, is not important.
What is significant is that Brzezinski essentially issued a challenge to Obama and his team to re-engage seriously -- to go back to what was achieved at the Taba negotiations just before the Bush administration aborted the entire project.
The most important thing that Brzezinski said to Scarborough was (paraphrased from memory...but watch the video above):
Taba. It's spelled T. . .A. . .B. . .A. Go look it up. You might learn something.
And Zbigniew Brzezinski is right.
-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note