National security figures offer tribute to Brent Scowcroft
Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft has died at the age of 95, and was echoed today by many of his successors.
Lieutenant General Scowcroft was the NSA for both Gerald Ford and George HW Bush – he is the only person who has had the job twice.
He accompanied Richard Nixon during his visit to China, oversaw the evacuation of Saigon, and directed strategy in the 1991 Gulf War. He later became a leading Republican critic of Iraq policy, before and after the 2003 invasion.
In 1991, President Bush presented Mr. Scowcroft with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country̵7;s highest civilian honor. In 1993 he was awarded an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s NSA said in a statement: “I admired General Scowcroft long before I came to hold this office, and my appreciation for his ability, dignity and wisdom has only increased at a time when I have “I was privileged to serve as President Trump’s national security adviser. My goal since taking office has been to follow President Trump’s ‘Scowcroft Model’ for the NSC.”
The ‘Scowcroft model’ will be an ‘honest mediator’, developing a fair, transparent and inclusive process for bringing matters to the attention of the president; maintain the trust of your national security colleagues; maintain a low public profile, operating largely off-stage; and give your private advice to the President.
Former Secretaries of State offered their tributes John Kerry called Mr. Scowcroft “a giant – a principled person who had no use for the partisan.” Condoleezza Rice said he was “the very definition of a public servant” and the “role model”; and Madeleine Albright call him a “brilliant thinker” and a “precious friend.”
Susan Rice, former NSA to President Obama, on Twitter: “Brent Scowcroft was sweet, wise, generous and brilliant. The gold standard for national security advisers, a valuable mentor and vain public servant.”
President George W. Bush said in a statement: “This patriot had a long distinguished service career for our country … He was a particularly important adviser to my father – and an important friend.”