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11/20/2004

Scowcroft

Al Kamen reminds us of our history:

There's a kind of deja vu all over again with the move of national security adviser Condoleezza Rice over to the State Department. If memory serves, then-Secretary of State William P. Rogers, undercut regularly by President Richard M. Nixon's foreign policy adviser, Henry A. Kissinger, left after Nixon's reelection in 1972. He was replaced by Kissinger.

Kissinger held both jobs for two years, which deftly put an end to that unseemly and annoying policy bickering over Vietnam and other matters in the first Nixon term. His then-deputy at the National Security Council, Brent Scowcroft, moved up, and everyone sang from the same hymnal.
Scowcroft was a mentor for Condeleeza Rice. But it appears times have really changed - his consulting group recently hired James Pavitt, the former CIA official accused of undermining the administration.

 

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