The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Scowcroft on Bush and Sharon

That wishy-washy liberal,Brent Scowcroft, tells the Financial Times what he thinks of the relationship between Bush and Sharon:

But speaking to the FT, Mr Scowcroft, 79, went a step further in
attacking some of the president's core foreign policies. "Sharon
just has him wrapped around his little finger," Mr Scowcroft
said. "I think the president is mesmerised."

"When there is a suicide attack (followed by a reprisal) Sharon
calls the president and says, 'I'm on the front line of
terrorism', and the president says, 'Yes, you are. . . ' He (Mr
Sharon) has been nothing but trouble."

Mr Scowcroft also cast doubt on Mr Sharon's plan to withdraw from
the Gaza Strip, which last week Dov Weisglass, a leading Israeli
adviser, said was intended to prevent the emergence of a
Palestinian state.

"When I first heard Sharon was getting out of Gaza I was having
dinner with Condi (Rice) and she said: 'At least that's good
news.' And I said: 'That's terrible news . . . Sharon will say:
'I want to get out of Gaza, finish the wall (the Israelis'
security fence) and say I'm done'."