Scowcroft Agrees With Obama on Missile Defense Shift
By Glenn Kessler
President Obama's decision to shift direction on missile defense in Europe has produced howls from many Republicans, but one prominent GOP foreign-policy heavyweight weighed in Friday with support for the president's plan.
"I strongly approve of President Obama's decision regarding missile defense deployments in Europe. I believe it advances U.S. national security interests, supports our allies, and better meets the threats we face," Brent Scowcroft said in a statement issued through the Atlantic Council, a policy group.
Scowcroft was national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Bush's son, George W. Bush, pushed as president for the missile defense plan abandoned by Obama.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, also a Republican, was Scowcroft's deputy during the first Bush administration.
Posted at 2:09 PM ET on Sep 18, 2009
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