Zbiggy’s Got a Point, Especially If the Powers That Be Are Watching CNN

…to get their “intelligence”.

JIM LEHRER: Did you see the possibility of a spark coming, Dr. Brzezinski?

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: I think Steve said it correctly. In these regimes, you never see the spark until the spark occurs.


JIM LEHRER: Too late.

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: Exactly. And that’s the problem. And that’s exactly the problem.

However, we have to recognize the fact that the Egyptian people don’t have yet a variety of political voices to whom to listen and whom to follow…

…But the great uncertainty in all of this is that there could be a collision, a spark. Something sets things off, there’s gunfire, lots of people get killed, and the whole thing erupts. And I have no way of predicting that.

I’m also perplexed, somewhat, by the reporting we’re getting, because what strikes me about the reporting is that it’s totally concentrated on one square in a large city of 15 million people, one square.


ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: And that’s all we have seen. And we have seen it now for 10 days.

But what about the rest of the country? Even what about the rest of Cairo? What’s happening there?



I wish our correspondents would talk to some of the other people, because we don’t really know what’s going on. We have essentially a focus on a narrow, highly congested, combustible situation.

But we don’t have a sense of what is really happening elsewhere in the country. In some places, it could be worse. For example, people have talked about Alexandria erupting. But, in many parts of the country, and maybe even in Cairo, it’s much less volatile. So, we don’t really have a good grasp, visually, and therefore intellectually, of what is really happening.

I’m relatively confident that Joe American sitting on his couch has a feeling that the narrative is being driven more by the cameras than the general populace at the moment. (Ironic that a Democrat would want the media to step outside the chosen storyline, or am I being cynical?) We’ve had a taste or two of that in the past election cycles ourselves. Or, heck. Just whisper, “Sarah Palin” around any “impartial” Mainstream Media Reporter and instantaneously chart the insinuation arc.

“Narrow focus”. No “sense of what is REALLY happening elsewhere in the country”…or the world, for that matter.

That’s the whole story of the Obama administration way of doing things, isn’t it?

Oh, wait.

We were talking about the press and Egypt.

8 Responses to “Zbiggy’s Got a Point, Especially If the Powers That Be Are Watching CNN”

  1. Suzette says:

    “But what about the rest of the country?”
    In the rest of the country, out of sight of the cameras and reporters, the youthful democracy-seekers are killing Christians.

    “Even what about the rest of Cairo?”
    The city of Cairo is a ruin. Smashed sidewalks yield big chunks of concrete suitable for throwing, the British museum is trashed, excrement runs in the streets of this formerly very continental / European-ized city and it will never be the same again.

    Go find an Egyptian American and ask him what his relatives over there have told him by telephone. It’s not quite the same as what we’ve been fed by the news organizations.

  2. Dave E. says:

    Uh-oh, have we actually arrived at a point where Zbigniew Brzezinski is the smart guy?

  3. Rob says:

    And, so, Mubarek quits today. Who had that in today’s what now pool?

  4. Brzezinski has to say these things to differentiate from what happened in Iran during his tenure.

  5. major dad says:

    What you got Rob over or under that the military just did a coup?

  6. Mori says:

    Does the media not want the world to see what is happening outside that square for a reason? Perhaps it does not feed their narrative.

    One thought… all is quiet elsewhere and the people in the square in question are really shills for the Muslim Brotherhood. The media wants to push change of regime, because you know, Mubarek is shill for the US and the US is evil. Always evil.

    Thought two… Obama et al, through Brzezinski want to put forth that the Egyptians really don’t want a change in power, and are trying to keep Mubarek in power because he is the devil we know. It is only the Muslim Brotherhood in the square in question. Ignor them, look outside the square.

    Thought number three for the day… I really need to get my laptop repaired. The @$(*&! A keeps skipping and sticking. What’s for dinner?

  7. JeffS says:

    I vote for the military coup, Major Dad. Mostly because the Egyptian military is not as stupid as the current Administration.

  8. Rob says:

    I’m going 3 to 5 on that one, Major. 🙂

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