Brent Scowcroft critical of Bush regime

Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to both Presidents Ford and G.H.W. Bush, comments on G.W. Bush's unilateralism and love-in with Israel's Ariel Sharon in yesterday's FT - Scowcroft lambasts Bush's unilateralism.

Mr Scowcroft said the US's initial failure to take up Nato offers of assistance in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 was a "severe rebuff". "We had gotten contemptuous of Europeans and their weaknesses," he said. "We had really turned unilateral."

He added that US unilateralism had diminished to some extent but that fundamentally little had changed. He said US engagement with the UN and Nato in Afghanistan and Iraq was "as much an act of desperation as anything else ... to rescue a failing venture".

and on Israel,
But speaking to the FT, Mr Scowcroft, 79, went a step further in attacking some of the president's core foreign policies. "Sharon just has him wrapped around his little finger," Mr Scowcroft said. "I think the president is mesmerised."

Posted by Paul in USA Politics at October 15, 2004 07:15 PM | 1 Comments