Melvin Goodman, former senior Soviet analyst at the CIA, discusses Zbigniew Brzezinski’s boast that he instigated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter’s poor decision-making skills, the U.S. habit of devoting massive resources to non-strategic battlegrounds, blowback from the post-9/11 “Axis of Evil” speech and how Gen. McChrystal is overstepping his role by giving unvetted policy speeches.
MP3 here. (30:40)
Melvin A. Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book is Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. From 1966 to 1990, he was senior Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.