Carter Names Brzezinski National Security Advisor
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Carter Names Brzezinski National Security Advisor

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President elect Jimmy Carter’s appointment of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Warsaw-born history professor at Columbia University as National security Advisor at the White House was seen as bringing about a “much more moral foreign policy” by the United States, seasoned Capital observers said.

Brzezinski was asked by American Profes sors for Peace in the Middle East last May 21 hew his policy would differ from Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s in respect to the Arabi-Israeli conflict.

I am more perhaps inclined to stress the need to focus on what might constitute the basic principles of an eventual settlement including the necessary trade- offs.” Brzezinski replied. “But it has to be very clear to all the Arab parties concerned that there is not the slightest chance of obtaining a settlement unless they are prepared to formalize and to institutionalize their acceptance of Israel as a permanent and legitimate presence in the Middle East.”

Brzezinski said, after his appointment was announced in Plains. Ga. that he does not believe that Soviet-American detente will be the same as it was during the past eight years because, to be “enduring and accepted by the American people, it has to be reciprocal.” There have been some imbalances in the past, he said, but he did not specify them.

He envisaged his post not as policy-making but as helping Carter in decision-making. In this capacity, his responsibilities will include tying together the views of the United States foreign affairs establishment, including the Departments of State, Defense and Treasury.

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