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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-09-06 10:35 PM
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12. Gates came up under Scowcroft and Brzezinski
As a young man, Gates served on the National Security Council staff under first Brent Scowcroft and then Zbigniew Brzezinski. That is the experience that prepared him for his later role in the Reagan administration.

More recently, Scowcroft and Brzezinski have been central to the clique of geostrategists who are obsessed with Central Asia. They co-chaired the Afghanistan-American Foundation back in the middle 90's. They were on the board of advisors of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (along with Kissinger, Baker, and Cheney). Brzezinski was a co-chair of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya. Scowcroft is the head of the American Turkish Council, about which Sibel Edmonds has so much to say. Both were among the Bush Sr. people coming out against the Iraq War in August 2002.

What concerns me is not so much Gates' Iran-Contra and Iraqgate connections in the 80's -- since he seems to be no dirtier than anybody else they might have chosen -- as the fact that he might be assigned to wind down the Iraq War only to plunge us into fresh misadventures in Central Asia, where Russia has recently been taking advantage of the US's preoccupation to extend its influence. That spells nothing but trouble.
Gates left the CIA in 1974 to serve on the National Security Council staff but returned to the CIA in late 1979.
President Ford, who assumed office in August 1974, was relatively inexperienced in foreign affairs. He therefore relied almost exclusively on Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's expertise and advice. During 1975, however, there developed strong public and congressional disapproval of the accretion of so much power over foreign policy in the hands of one man. As part of a Cabinet shakeup on November 3, 1975, Ford named Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Kissinger's deputy at the NSC, as National Security Advisor.
Carter resolved to maintain his access to a broad spectrum of information by more fully engaging his Cabinet officers in the decision-making process. He envisaged the role of the National Security Council to be one of policy coordination and research, and reorganized the NSC structure to ensure that the NSC Adviser would be only one of many players in the foreign policy process. Carter chose Zbigniew Brzezinski for the position of National Security Adviser because he wanted an assertive intellectual at his side to provide him with day-to-day advice and guidance on foreign policy decisions.

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