Ex-national security advisor Brzezinski dies age 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter who helped broker the Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt, worked to normalize relations with China and launched controversial efforts by the U.S.to arm Islamic fighters battling the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, has died.

Brzezinski's daughter and Morning Joe host Mika announced her father's passing Friday on Instagram.

She said "My father passed away peacefully tonight".

She called him "the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have". Ironically, neither Johnson nor Carter actually pursued a realist foreign policy strategy.

Zbigniew Brzezinski was an accomplished public servant, a powerful intellect, and a passionate advocate for American leadership. "He was inquisitive, innovative, and a natural choice as my national security advisor when I became president", Carter said in the statement.

Brzezinski, who became a US citizen in 1958, was one of the first, if not the first, talking head to predict decades before that the Soviet Union would dissolve. In essays, interviews and television appearances over the decades, he cast a sharp eye on six successive administrations, including that of Donald J. Trump, whose election he did not support and whose foreign policy, he found, lacked coherence.

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Brzezinski served as an adviser during President John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign and pushed for detente to prevent antagonizing the Soviet Union.

In December 1976, Mr. Carter offered Brzezinski the position of national security adviser.

He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1928.

To former President George H.W. Bush, Brzezinski's "command of foreign affairs made him both an instrumental architect of key policies - and an influential voice in key policy debates". During his time serving as a counsellor to President Lyndon B Johnson from 1966 to 1968, he persuaded the administration to adopt peaceful engagement as the United States strategy to undermine the Soviet bloc. During the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Brzezinski believed negotiations were going nowhere and started pushing for military action. The clashes eventually led to Vance's resignation. "However, we lack the former while the latter is getting worse".

  • Jack Mann