Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has suggested the United States should engage any Israeli fighter en route to Iran should they pass through U.S.-controlled airspace in Iraq.
"We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? ... We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren't just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a 'Liberty' in reverse."
It is very disturbing that Mr. Brzezinski is suggesting we strike an IAF jet, period. And notice his last sentence where he says, "a 'Liberty' in reverse." The USS Liberty was a Navy ship hit by an Israeli jet during the Six-Day War in 1967. An investigation ensued and they came to the conclusion it was a misidentified target. Regardless, simply by saying "in reverse" Mr. Brzezinski is obviously suggesting that the U.S. would fire on an Israeli jet.
We should be thankful that Mr. Brzezinski does not hold a prominent position in the Obama Administration. I hope people don't look at the Carter administration as an example of sound foreign policy; I'd be willing to bet those held for 444 days in Iran don't.