The revered-in-tons-of-corners former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft definitively breaks ranks with the Bush administration in an article by nearly the same name, "Breaking Ranks," appearing in the upcoming Monday issue of The New Yorker.
The article will outline what decisions and events have built up to turn Brent Scowcroft against this Bush administration. Yes, that's right. . ."turned Brent Scowcroft against this Bush administration."
Jeffrey Goldberg, the author of the piece, has pulled off a stunning coup by not only getting Brent Scowcroft to talk -- but also getting some incredibly juicy commentary from President George H.W. Bush on the performance of his son's national security team.
I don't have the full piece yet -- but I know it will be a blockbuster.
Scowcroft and Bush Sr. are peas in a pod when it comes to foreign policy and military issues. Scowcroft wouldn't speak out (which you may recall he also did to a limited extent before the invasion) without Bush Sr.'s knowledge and no doubt begrudging approval. I am no fan of the senior Bush, who was as much a corporate tool as his son, and to an even more hypocritical extent, an ass-kisser to the Christian Right (because the latter didn't trust him). However, there is no doubt in my mind that Bush I would never have fallen under the neo-con sway, and would have kept Cheney well in check.
Reality and, well, reality are finally coming down hard on the lunacy of Bush's policies and the mendaciousness of his style of governing.
Why couldn't this have happened one year ago?