Zbigniew Brzezinski has told the Christian Science Monitor he believes whoever succeeds President Bush should sit down with Iraqi leaders and come up with a jointly defined date for departure.
As the next step, Brzezinski says he would set in motion a process of "really consulting" all of Iraq's neighbors about arrangements for security in the country after United States military forces depart.
Brzezinski has just published a book called "Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower."
In it, the former Carter administration official, grades the three most recent presidents on their foreign policy performance.
He gives the first President Bush a "B," President Clinton is given a "C," and the current President Bush is awarded an "F."