‘Iraq is not Korea,’

former National Security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told an audience in DC Wednesday night.

US presence has engendered stability on the Korean peninsula because “the South Koreans welcomed us,” he said. Following the Korean war, the US was viewed as a force for good, protecting the south from the oppression of the north.

But the US presence in Iraq is “much closer to colonialism, imperialism,” Brzezinski explained. A good majority of Iraqis object to the presence of US troops, viewing them as foreign occupiers. Thus, Brzezinski noted, the US could never hope to sustain an enduring presence unless American leaders resigned themselves to facing enduring resistance.