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Brent Scowcroft turns on the Bush Administration

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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Why couldn't they have done this a year ago when it might have made some difference?
by TGeraghty on Fri Oct 21st, 2005 at 07:53:30 PM EST
Because they still wanted to have him in the white house, they are more concerned with their image, than with his.

We told him at the time, but the boy is in control now, his decision. Sorry.....

by PeWi on Fri Oct 21st, 2005 at 07:55:53 PM EST
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Exactly, they needed Junior to get reelected.

There is one question that nobody has answered to my satisfaction yet. Who is the puppet master? Is it really Cheney?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 21st, 2005 at 08:04:38 PM EST
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I think the real puppet master here is paranoia in the minds of this cabal, but that's looking at things on another level.

Cheney, IMO, represents a collective of military weapons and equipment manufacturers along with Big Oil concerns. They are all collectively the puppet masters. You get a bunch of yahoo idealogues in there to stupidly do the dirty work for you (Rove, Card, Wolfowitz, etc.) and plant a few of your own in there (Rice, Rumsfeld) and viola! you have a coordinated cabal of hard workers implementing a feudalistic agenda.

Turds like McClellan and Fleischer are just that. They are coals on the fire, not the real engines of the crimes these people have committed.

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by Isis on Sat Oct 22nd, 2005 at 12:45:28 AM EST
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Now, is this a conspiracy or a system? I mean, do the arms and oil executives meet in smok-filled rooms, or is it just an "emergent property" of the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned about in 1953?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Oct 22nd, 2005 at 06:06:12 AM EST
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To be fair, Scowcroft made his opposition to the Iraq adventure know quite some time ago; if I remember correctly, even before the war.

Bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.
by Alexander G Rubio (alexander.rubio@gmail.com) on Fri Oct 21st, 2005 at 08:30:56 PM EST
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Scowcroft did voice his opposition, though mildly, several years ago. Notice he was not asked to be a part of this administration?

Share. Share resources, share delight, share burdens, share the healing. If we only could realize that sharing will bring us back from mass suicide.
by Isis on Sat Oct 22nd, 2005 at 12:46:39 AM EST
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For the record, Scowcroft has been on the record as opposing the Iraq debacle. Hat tip to Armando at Daily Kos:

Scowcroft did say it, in August 2002:

In August of 2002, seven months before George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq, Scowcroft upset the White House with an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. The headline read, "DON'T ATTACK SADDAM." Scowcroft would have preferred something more nuanced, he told me, but the words accurately reflected his message.

OK, so he could have said it louder. He could have endorsed and/or campaigned for Kerry.

Of course, the media could have reported it better, too.

by TGeraghty on Sun Oct 23rd, 2005 at 08:35:40 PM EST
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Scrowcroft has been openly vocal against Bush from the beginning.
by Upstate NY on Sat Oct 22nd, 2005 at 10:19:37 AM EST
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