Decorations for the Brzezinskis – recognition of (foreign) influence

It’s a shame that English-speaking audiences are not familiar with the services that the Brzezinski brothers, Ian Brzezinski, and Dr. Mark Brzezinski, provide to the Republic of Poland, so I considered it my duty to make this information more widely known.

Translation from Polish of the original article:
(Please note: the translation attempts to retain the awkward style of the original).

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007

Decorations for the Brzezinskis

Ambassador Aldona Wos, Ian Brzezinski, and Dr. Mark Brzezinski have been decorated with the Crosses of Merit of the Republic of Poland. On behalf of the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, the decorations were presented by Elzbieta Jakubiak, Head of President’s Office, who stayed in the U.S. on a short visit, together with Janusz Reiter, Ambassador of Poland in Washington. The ceremony took place on March 19, 2007, at the Embassy of Poland in Washington.

I managed to get in touch with some of the recipients, among others Dr. Mark Brzezinski, regarding this distinction. He said it was a great distinction for him.

Ian and Mark Brzezinski are the sons of Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former U.S. National Security Advisor during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Both of them take credit for many accomplishments for the United States. And for many years they have been very engaged in Poland’s affairs.

Ian Brzezinski, the older son of Zbigniew, worked in the nineties for the deceased Republican Senator William Roth, who was a strong proponent of admitting Poland to NATO and initiated a number of legislative measures supporting Poland. Ian Brzezinski presently works at the Pentagon, where he is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. He has received the Officer (4th Class) Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

The award letter justifying his decoration states: “he had a very positive influence on the promotion of Polish interests during his work at the National Security Council, at the Pentagon, and in the office of Senator Roth in Washington. Because of his brilliant expertise he exerted positive influence in Poland’s joining NATO. His interest and engagement in the matter of peaceful tranformation in the Ukraine were very effective and important not only for the American-Ukrainian, but also for the Polish-Ukrainian relationships, as well as for peaceful changes in Central Europe”.

Dr. Mark Brzezinski is a lawyer, an expert on constitutional law. He wrote, among others, a doctoral thesis on constitutional changes in Poland “Struggle for the Constitutionalism in Poland”, which he defended at the University of Oxford.

In recognition of his service for Polish interests he has received the Officer (4th Class) Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for “active support of Poland’s entry into NATO during his service at the U.S. National Security Council and as Security Advisor for the Governor of the State of Virginia, Mark Warner. He supported a positive image of Poland in the United States and helped to strengthen the [Polish-American] bilateral relations. His broad political knowledge is very helpful to Poland while seeking admission to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. He is also engaged in Polish-Jewish reconciliation”.

Mark played a very important role in the efforts to obtain for Poland the resources of the Polish American Enterprise Fund, which were then transferred in 2000 in the amount of $200 million to the operation of the Polish American Freedom Foundation. This foundation helps to support many projects in Poland related to education, environmental protection, training, etc.

Mark Brzezinski is a Democrat. He held a responsible government position during President Clinton’s administration. It is interesting that both the former President Bill Clinton and M. Brzezinski shared at Oxford the same Polish thesis advisor: Dr. Zbigniew Pelczynski.

Ambassador Aldona Wos held between 2004 and 2006 the post of the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia. She is a physician born in Poland, a graduate of the Medical Academy of Warsaw. After arriving in the United States, she became active in the Polish American community. She has received the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her activity in supporting Polish interests in the U.S. Her award letter says: “Ms. Aldona Wos, the former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, has been recognized as an outstanding leader among American Polonia. Her achievements in business and diplomacy, as well as charity, cannot remain unappreciated. She is very intensely engaged in those activities whose aim is the improvement of the image of Poland in the world. She was involved in the matter of returning to Poland the objects of art that after World War II found their way to the United States. Thanks to her work many Americans increased their knowledge of Poland”.

The decoration ceremony was attended among others by Zbigniew Brzezinski with his wife Emilia and daughter Mika, a known journalist from the MSNBC network.

Undoubtedly, large influence on the interests of Ian and Mark Brzezinski in the political activity in the U.S. and in the involvement in Poland’s affairs was the influence of their father Zbigniew, who in turn was influenced by his father, and their grandfather, Tadeusz Brzezinski, who was a diplomat in pre-World War II Poland and a consular officer of Poland in Germany and later in Canada during World War II.

At the present time, the Brzezinski family wields significant influence on the American political life. Prof. Brzezinski’s articles appear in leading American media. His is often a guest on CNN and other networks.

Andrzej Mikolajczyk


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