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Brzezinski: Last two US presidents tested early by al Qaeda attacks
from Debkafile
Entered into the database on Monday, November 10th, 2008 @ 19:56:28 MST


Untitled Document President Carter’s former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinsky says president-elect Barack Obama may be tested by terrorists after he takes office on Jan. 20. Speaking to Deutsche Welle, he pointed out that at least two US presidents were tested early in office – the two World Trade Center attacks occurred in the first year of Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s presidencies.

Brzezinsky added that changing the substance of US policies is not as easy as it sounds and Obama may be incapable of bringing “dramatic change” to Washington.

Under a secret order, the Bush administration carried out strikes in 5 to 20 countries, including Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, where al-Qaeda militants were believed to be operating or to have sought sanctuary, a senior administration official told the New York Times. No raids were made into Iran, only reconnaissance missions under different directives.

A dozen additional missions were scrapped as too dangerous, diplomatically problematic or relied on insufficient evidence