Global Expert Backs Obama

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the most influential foreign-policy experts in the Democratic Party, threw his support behind Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, saying the Illinois senator has a better global grasp than his chief rival, Hillary Clinton.

Obama “recognizes that the challenge is a new face, a new sense of direction, a new definition of America's role in the world,” Brzezinski said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's Political Capital with Al Hunt.

“Obama is clearly more effective and has the upper hand,” Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, said. “He has a sense of what is historically relevant, and what is needed from the United States in relationship to the world.”

Brzezinski, 79, dismissed the notion that Clinton, 59, a New York senator and the wife of former President Bill Clinton, is more seasoned than Obama, 46. “Being a former first lady doesn't prepare you to be president,” Brzezinski said.

Clinton's foreign-policy approach is “very conventional,” Brzezinski said. “I don't think the country needs to go back to what we had eight years ago.”

“There is a need for a fundamental rethinking of how we conduct world affairs,” he added. “And Obama seems to me to have both the guts and the intelligence to address that issue and to change the nature of America's relationship with the world.”
 

(Bloomberg News)

 

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