Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser under the presidency of Gerald Ford (1975-77) and George W. Bush (1989-1993), former air force general and former military advisor to Richard Nixon, has passed away. Scowcroft died at his home in Falls Church (Virginia).
A key figure during the Gulf War and in the delicate transition period at the end of the Cold War, he was 95 years old. The announcement was made by the Scowcroft Group, the international business consulting firm he founded at the end of his public career.
Scowcroft was born on March 19, 1925 in Ogden, Utah. A graduate of West Point in 1947, he immediately chose aviation. In 1991 George W. Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious presidential honor, two years later Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Scowcroft is remembered by all as a model of balance and impartiality, his approach to foreign policy issues was an example of fairness and rejection of partisan logic.
“We join our compatriots and those who fight for freedom in the world by honoring the memory of General Brent Scowcroft. Respected by all politics for his wisdom and honesty, he was certainly one of the great American statesmen of the twentieth century,” he wrote. in a tweet the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. Susan Rice, the Obama administration’s national security adviser and one of the candidates for vice presidents with Joe Biden, also recalled Scowcroft on Twitter as “a kind, wise, generous and brilliant man, a shining role model for us security advisors, a mentor and an unparalleled servant of the state “.