'Realist' Has Obama's Ear on Foreign Policy

Scowcroft, adviser to Bush I, will likely see protégés in key posts
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2008 9:26 AM CST
Brent Scowcroft, National Security Adviser under the first President Bush, came into conflict with his son over the Iraq war, and has a deep relationship with Barack Obama on foreign policy.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to the first President Bush and shunned by the second over Iraq, is likely to exercise serious foreign-policy influence in Barack Obama’s administration, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scowcroft, known for a non-ideological foreign-policy philosophy, counts among his protégés a number of Obama allies and likely appointees, including Colin Powell and Robert Gates.

Obama talks with the 83-year-old former Air Force general regularly, and his plans to push early for an Israeli-Palestinian accord and negotiations with Iran echo Scowcroft’s advice. Arguing against the war in Iraq got him kicked off a foreign-policy advisory board by George W. Bush; Scowcroft says policies of “idealism and self-assertion” were, in the election, “rejected in favor of realism.”