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Brent Scowcroft Reporting (STILL) For Duty
The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2005 | Dana Priest and Robin Wright

Posted on 01/09/2005 3:10:49 PM PST by TaxachusettsMan

Scowcroft Skeptical Vote Will Stabilize Iraq Friend of Bush Family Joins Pessimists

By Dana Priest and Robin Wright Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, January 7, 2005; Page A12

Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser for President George H.W. Bush and a leading figure in the U.S. foreign policy establishment, said yesterday that he has grown pessimistic about prospects for stability and democracy in Iraq, a view increasingly expressed by other foreign policy figures in both parties.

"The Iraqi elections, rather than turning out to be a promising turning point, have the great potential for deepening the conflict," Scowcroft said. He said he expects increased divisions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims after the Jan. 30 elections, when experts believe the government will be dominated by the majority Shiites.

Scowcroft predicted "an incipient civil war" would grip Iraq and said the best hope for pulling the country from chaos would be to turn the U.S. operation over to NATO or the United Nations -- which, he said, would not be so hostilely viewed by Iraqis.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit public policy group, Scowcroft also said the continued U.S. presence in Iraq is inflaming the Middle East, hurting the U.S. war on terrorism.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brentscowcroft; danapriest; handwringers; iraq; iraqielection; naf; newamericafoundation; scowcroft
Talk about "the gift that keeps on giving"!

Bet the Bush Family is glad they bailed this guy's duff out of that "little problem" he had a few Administrations back!

He's all over the news again today, heading the roster of gloomsters and doomsters.

Most networks have just finished running their "The Year That Was: 2004" programs which always contains the poignant (or relief-filled) segment: "WE SAID GOOD-BYE TO THEM in 2004!"

I, for one, think we couldn't say good bye to Admiral Scowcroft soon enough in 2005!

1 posted on 01/09/2005 3:10:49 PM PST by TaxachusettsMan
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To: TaxachusettsMan

What does Scowcroft hope to gain? I suspect the old fart is mad as hell that GW never calls him for his "perspective" and so he tries to undermine the President at every opportunity.


2 posted on 01/09/2005 3:13:56 PM PST by sinkspur ("How dare you presume to tell God what He cannot do" God Himself)
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To: TaxachusettsMan

I'd don't agree. The elections offer hope. That's in short supply in Iraq these days.


3 posted on 01/09/2005 3:14:16 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

You're absolutely right! And that was my point in posting the story about Admiral Has-Been Sour-Grapes: I think there's a nuclear sub aground somewhere that they might think of giving him the command of.


4 posted on 01/09/2005 3:16:34 PM PST by TaxachusettsMan (Mainstream Media Incest: Why walk across the street when you can walk across the studio?)
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To: sinkspur
It looks to me that Scowcroft's advice is what got necessitated us going into Iraq now.
5 posted on 01/09/2005 3:16:48 PM PST by wolfpat
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To: TaxachusettsMan

Everything this shithead has said in the past several months have shown him to have entered the Goldwater Twilight Zone.
Keep moving everyong, nothing to see here; just a hasbeen who's fallen into uselessness. He'll be fine, just drools in his oatmeal a bit. Keep moving.


6 posted on 01/09/2005 3:16:48 PM PST by Migraine
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To: TaxachusettsMan
Brent Scowcroft... has grown pessimistic...

Geez, right out of left field! Scowcroft pessimistic about Iraq. Who saw it coming?

Its only like Brent Scowcroft is the living embodiment of the Old School let-Arabs-be-Arabs, Sultan cowtowing, Dictator coddling, approach to the Middle East, and was publicly against the Iraq adventure from the very beginning.

7 posted on 01/09/2005 3:17:34 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Migraine

Uhhhh, "everyone".


8 posted on 01/09/2005 3:17:51 PM PST by Migraine
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To: wolfpat
OOPS. Accidentally put an extra "got" in there.
9 posted on 01/09/2005 3:18:06 PM PST by wolfpat
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To: Plutarch
He is working for the French. Think about it. He supported keeping Saddam in power. Now aside from Scowcroft wallet, who else benefits from Saddam staying in power. It's the French.
10 posted on 01/09/2005 3:23:03 PM PST by JonDavid
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To: wolfpat

I have always thought he was probably the one that got wobbly around the time "THE HIGHWAY OF DEATH" was shown on TV.

Which - I think - was your point - and a good one.


11 posted on 01/09/2005 3:23:11 PM PST by highflight (from a distance - buzzards might appear as eagles.)
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To: sinkspur

Iraq is going badly because we are fighting with our hands tied behind our back again, just like we did in Nam.

We let the terrorists get a leg up when the RATS started their 2 year anti-war undermining effort to defeat Bush. They are doing the same thing with the "torture" nonsense.

We need to get tough and ruthless with terrorists and their supporters, including the traitorous left. Until we do that, our land is not safe.


12 posted on 01/09/2005 3:23:21 PM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: shubi

I've heard some interesting thoughts recently on the feasibility of using internment camps to deal with the traitors and disloyal elements. There is no reason we should have to put up with leftist swine sabotaging the war effort the way they did during the Vietnam War. As for the combat troops, yes, we need to quit pussy-footing around and let them do what they need to do to wipe out the terrorists and secure peace. God bless those brave men and women!


13 posted on 01/09/2005 3:31:50 PM PST by ross_poldark
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To: shubi
Scowcroft predicted "an incipient civil war" would grip Iraq and said the best hope for pulling the country from chaos would be to turn the U.S. operation over to NATO or the United Nations -- which, he said, would not be so hostilely viewed by Iraqis.

I smell a rat here. The UN will not go back to Iraq until they consider the country stable.

14 posted on 01/09/2005 3:37:16 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: TaxachusettsMan; rocksblues; ross_poldark; shubi; highflight; JonDavid; Migraine; Plutarch; ...

Gawd! Not "Mr. Stability" again. He and Brezinski and their fellow irrelevant "elder statesmen" should get together and form their own club.

I've read the occasional interview w/Kissinger and he sounds a lot less sclerotic than the "stability" boys (he actually seems to dig up facts before issuing pronunciamentos). I swear, people like Scowcroft prove the rule that once one rises to a certain level of lofty incompetence in this town you really never have to worry about eating. Just keep writing books filled with meaningless, highfalutin, geo/poly/diplo-speak, keep giving speeches to the usual conferences and gatherings, lending your name to prestigious boards of directors and college campuses (maybe giving a lecture or two a year) who want a big name for it's own sake [down with "celebrity professors"!] and do the odd Charlie Rose interview. Never mind if you have been repeatedly proven wrong by events as often as Paul ("The Population Bomb") Erlich. As long as you piss and poop all over a republican administration the MSM will pay you the proper obeisance and you'll never lack for cocktail party invites.


15 posted on 01/09/2005 3:46:02 PM PST by sinanju
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To: shubi

Actually, Iraq is going well. Lets compare Iraq to just one WWII battle. The Battle of the Bulge was fought at the end of WWII. After defeating the German offensive, the United States had casualties of over 75,000 of which 19,000 were killed. I am also sick of Iraq being compared to VIETNAM. Your drinking the liberal Kool Aid. Look folks, we are fighting a regional war. President Bush has a plan and we have kept to the time line. After the elections in Iraq you will see more pressure on Iran. Iran is the key to all of this.


16 posted on 01/09/2005 4:15:58 PM PST by JonDavid
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To: TaxachusettsMan
Hey, Brent -- Which Bush was a one term president?

End.

17 posted on 01/09/2005 4:19:58 PM PST by BroncosFan ("If I'm dead, why do I still have to go to the bathroom?" - Thomas Dewey, 1948)
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To: TaxachusettsMan
Recent artists rendering of Brent Scowcroft:

18 posted on 01/09/2005 4:43:25 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: TaxachusettsMan
I think he actually completed his active service as a Lt. General in the Air Force. (Mostly a political general.) The media always fails to note that, while he was a close advisor to the first President Bush, he has never been listed as even an unofficial advisor of the current President Bush.
19 posted on 01/09/2005 4:44:42 PM PST by etcb
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To: rocksblues

We might have to remove all the Sunnis.


20 posted on 01/09/2005 5:21:17 PM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: JonDavid

You are right. We need to light a really hot fire under Iran. They are supporting the terrorists against us. Of course, so are the Saudis.


21 posted on 01/09/2005 5:22:58 PM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Migraine

I agree....i've known brent for years and i for one think he's lost his marbles. i'm so sick of hearing him speak his gems of wisdom (not!!) i just wish he'd shut up and got quietly into the night!


22 posted on 01/09/2005 5:26:14 PM PST by BamaDi
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To: highflight

Exactly.


23 posted on 01/09/2005 5:36:28 PM PST by wolfpat
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To: shubi
There is a civil war going on in Saudi Arabia. We must be smart. We don't want to cut off our nose to spite our face.
24 posted on 01/09/2005 5:40:08 PM PST by JonDavid
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To: JonDavid

Civil War? Haven't heard about it. I don't think the Al Qaeda bombings and killing westerners is a civil war.


25 posted on 01/10/2005 6:55:41 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: TaxachusettsMan

Who cares what the H this geezers opinions are. He helped sink Bush 41.


26 posted on 01/10/2005 7:05:27 AM PST by hgro
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To: shubi

Yes there is a civil war going on in Saudi Arabia. Do you think the MSM would let you know about it? Remember, the Democrats, MSM wants President Bush & the country to loose the War on Terror. They want POWER and don't care how they get. They would love for Bush to overreact in Saudi Arabia. Yes, there are problems with the Saudi’s. However we must support elements of the Saudi ruling family who support us. We can not afford to alienate these friendly Saudi forces. Again don't drink the LIBERAL KOOL AID.


27 posted on 01/10/2005 7:18:58 AM PST by JonDavid
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To: JonDavid

I was simply looking at the lack of support we get from the Saudis. Also, the obvious attempt sabotage Bush by raising gas prices before the election.


28 posted on 01/10/2005 7:23:15 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: shubi

Again, they are supporting us. The MSM is only giving us gloom & doom.


29 posted on 01/10/2005 7:28:27 AM PST by JonDavid
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To: JonDavid

OK, I will take your word for it (at least for the time being).

Does it trouble you that we are then forced to prop up a Kingdom with no democracy?


30 posted on 01/10/2005 7:47:42 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: goldstategop
The election offers hope to me. And then the Iraqi MEN had better step up to the plate. Their freedom cannot mean more to us than it does to them.
31 posted on 01/10/2005 9:17:51 AM PST by meema
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To: shubi

No. One must crawl before you can walk. We have 2 choices when it comes to the Middle East/Islam. Gradually convert them to a peaceful form of Democracy or allow the Islamic-Fascist to foster by retreating to fortress America. This will ultimately lead to a MAJOR nuclear war with these people and will mean 200 plus million dead.


32 posted on 01/10/2005 10:14:47 AM PST by JonDavid
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