Obama reaches out to Scowcroft November 20, 2008
From NBC's Andrea Mitchell
Democratic sources say that former Bush 41 National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is one of the people whom Barack Obama has been consulting about how to craft his national security team. Knowledgeable sources say Obama reached out to Scowcroft two days ago to discuss defense and national security issues. Scowcroft, who first served as President Ford's national security adviser, was an early and vocal critic of the Iraq war -- starting in August 2002. That criticism cost the retired Air Force General his position as head of President Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Scowcroft is very close to Defense Secretary Bob Gates, who is considered a possible holdover for the cabinet.