Brent Scowcroft: Mr. Behind-the-Scenes

He was nowhere to be seen on the day of the President's speech, and Americans only rarely catch glimpses of the professor's face on television. But Bush's stunning redirection of America's defense priorities last week was the triumph of one of Washington's last druids, a 66-year-old son of a wholesale grocer, who with a blend of self-effacement, crisis management and historical imagination has become the main architect of George Bush's foreign policy.

Brent Scowcroft, Bush's National Security Adviser, has been pushing for nearly a decade for a new kind of nuclear arsenal -- small forces of mobile, single-warhead missiles that would...

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