Brzezinski Grades Presidents, U.S. Foreign Policy Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter, assesses the foreign policies of the three most recent U.S. presidents in Second Chance. He says Washington has squandered its first chance at global leadership.

Brzezinski Grades Presidents, U.S. Foreign Policy

Brzezinski Grades Presidents, U.S. Foreign Policy

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Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing on Iraq, Feb. 1, 2007. He is the author of Second Chance, which assesses U.S. performance as a global leader and the presidencies of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The most optimistic note in Zbigniew Brzezinski's book about current U.S. foreign policy is the title, Second Chance.

Washington has squandered its first chance at global leadership, says Brzezinski, who was national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter.

In his book, Brzezinski assesses the foreign policies of the three most recent U.S. presidents — the only three leaders who have led the country after the Cold War and Washington's Soviet rival imploded.

Brzezinski tells Robert Siegel that George H.W. Bush merits a B, while Bill Clinton receives a C and the current president, George W. Bush, an F.

There is still opportunity for America to regain its prestige, Brzezinki says, but he warns that the next 20 months will be crucial. If the U.S. war in Iraq worsens and if it expands to Iran, then Brzezinski warns the era of American global pre-eminence in the world will prove to be historically very short.

Second Chance
By Zbigniew Brzezinski

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