In a speech yesterday before the New America Foundation Brent Scowcroft had the temerity to criticize Dear Leader’s noble crusade to bring Freedom marching into Iraq.
Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser for the former President Bush and a leading figure in the U.S. foreign policy establishment, said Thursday that he had 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 think 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 viewed so antagonistically viewed by Iraqis.
Scowcroft also said the continued U.S. presence in Iraq is inflaming the Middle East, hurting the U.S. war on terrorism.
Scowcroft, who has been close to the Bush family, has staked out an independent and critical stand on pivotal foreign policy issues facing the administration. Until recently he was chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, but his tenure was not extended by the administration.