March 2, 2005

Inside the Committee that Runs the World

IS THE PROVOCATIVE TITLE OF the new Foreign Policy article by David J. Rothkopf.


An increasingly bitter philosophical debate pits the supporters of the policies of former President George H.W. Bush and many of his one-time team of foreign-policy experts, led by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, against those who back views embraced by President George W. Bush and his team, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. What Scowcroft calls the "traditionalists" of the Bush 41 team are pitted against the "transformationalists" of the Bush 43 team, pragmatists vs. neocons, internationalists vs. unilateralists, the people who oversaw the end of the Cold War against those who oversaw the beginning of the War on Terror. Of course, the irony is that many of these people were not too long ago seen as parts of a whole. All are or once were close. What happened?

Posted by Vanderleun at March 2, 2005 5:42 PM
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"What happened?"

Gee. I wonder. It's like saying "many members of the diplomatic corps believed that Imperial Japan could be contained without confrontation, but this once-solid group had lost its cohesion by 1942. What happened?"

Posted by: Lileks at March 2, 2005 10:04 PM