by Alexander G Rubio
Fri Oct 21st, 2005 at 07:31:14 PM EST
Former US Air Force general and National Security Advisor to the former President George H.W. Bush
, Brent Scowcroft
will lay out the decisions and events which have turned Brent Scowcroft against this Bush administration in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg
in the Monday issue of the magazine The New Yorker
, according to Steven C. Clemons in The Washington Note
. Scowcroft, who is deeply respected across party lines, is also joined in the piece by none other than George H.W. Bush, the present president's father, though the criticism of his son's administration on his part will probably be more muted.
The article also contains some critical comments on the handling of U.S. foreign policy by the current President Bush from his father, whose 1989-1993 presidency is hailed for deft management of the end of the Cold War, German unification, the first Gulf war and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The new attack comes hard on the heels of the denunciation of "the cabal around Cheney's office" by Col. Larry Wilkerson, the chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a widely reported speech to the New American Foundation in Washington this week. Wilkerson said the national security decision-making process was effectively "broken."
Scowcroft's criticisms will be taken seriously at the highest levels of the Bush administration because he is seen as a mentor by some of its senior figures, notably Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose political career began when she worked under Scowcroft as an adviser on Soviet affairs.
The attack also comes as President Bush's opinion poll approval ratings have sunk to around 37 percent, partly reflecting the ill-handled federal government response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf coast. But majorities of Americans are also telling pollsters the country "is on the wrong track" and saying the Iraq war was a mistake.
There can be little doubt that this latest setback will be of grave concern to the White House, as it risks deepening the cracks already visible in the uneasy alliance of disparate conservative factions that form the Republican power base.
The old realpolitik wing of the party, sidelined for years by the more strident evangelical and neo-conservative factions, has been showing signs of breaking ranks lately, as the deterioration of the situation in Iraq and the worsening financial state of the federal government has become apparent.
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