Brent Scowcroft

For most of mankind, the average person knew what was happening in his own village and the next one, and nothing beyond that, and he didn’t care, so that leaders were able to guide their countries almost irrespective of what people really thought because they weren’t involved in it. Now, everybody knows what’s happening instantaneously.

“For most of mankind, the average person knew what was happening in his own village and the next one, and nothing beyond that, and he … Read More

If you look back at the first Gulf war, the Arabs sent forces, they sent money. So their interests in Iraq are clear, but they’re nowhere to be seen now. Why? Because right now, it’s dangerous to be seen as supporting the United States.

“If you look back at the first Gulf war, the Arabs sent forces, they sent money. So their interests in Iraq are clear, but they’re … Read More

Because national borders are eroding, because of the growth of non-state actors. It’s a different kind of a world. We are tied down by a tiny little country – Iraq. It’s amazing, given the disparity in military economic strength. It’s a world where most of the big problems spill over national boundaries, and there are new kinds of actors and we’re feeling our way as to how to deal with them.

“Because national borders are eroding, because of the growth of non-state actors. It’s a different kind of a world. We are tied down by a … Read More

We have never recognized that Iran lives in a dangerous neighborhood. And it’s not surprising that they want some protection. We have not been forthcoming about explaining a security relationship for the region, in which Iran can feel secure and thus maybe willing to do something.

“We have never recognized that Iran lives in a dangerous neighborhood. And it’s not surprising that they want some protection. We have not been forthcoming … Read More

But figuring out Saddam Hussein was one our greatest mysteries. He marched to his own drummer and frequently as this unfolded he made decisions which were sometimes inexplicable to us and sometimes didn’t look very smart.

“But figuring out Saddam Hussein was one our greatest mysteries. He marched to his own drummer and frequently as this unfolded he made decisions which … Read More