Brent Scowcroft was American oak. Upright. Grounded in love of his country. Honest in his dealings. Open to facts. A person you might not necessarily agree with, but someone who was always ready to present his views with clarity and with respect for differing perspectives. An exceedingly talented and effective officer, public servant, and source of broad-minded counsel. He lived a very full life of honorable service to the American nation.