Cohen & Holbrooke v. Scowcroft: Prominent Democrats Warn Party Faithful on Embracing Foreign Policy "Realism"
12:19 PM, Oct 25, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
In the latest New Yorker, Jeffrey Goldberg has a revealing profile of Brent Scowcroft in which the former national-security advisor defends his foreign policy "realism," which, Goldberg writes, holds that "America should be guided by strategic self-interest, and that moral considerations are secondary at best." Scowcroft is highly critical of the current president's foreign policy precisely because it places too much emphasis on moral considerations and the promotion of democracy. But as Richard Cohen laments in today's Washington Post, Scowcroft's "realist" critique of the Bush administration has been adopted by too many Democrats "who often speak the cold language of realism." He notes:
Former Clinton administration official Richard Holbrooke expressed similar sentiments in the New Yorker piece.