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While I appreciate the concern and the information presented in this article, readers like me would benefit far more if Zbigniew Brzezinski was discussed within the context of who else are among Senator Obama's closest advisers on the issue, because if his advisers collectively represent diverse views, then the reason for concern is considerably less, since a president would benefit from having access to differing takes on the issue. Similarly, while it's important to know what Brzezinski said in 1998, it would benefit us to know, in addition, what his stance has been in the post-9/11 world, and especially since having worked with Senator Obama. Lastly, it is difficult to imagine that improved relations with Russia somehow doesn't involve curbed Russian aggression. In any case, I recall Senator Obama addressing both Russia and Georgia's aggression at the debates--in contrast to Sen. McCain, he avoided insisting that Russia was entirely responsible.