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9.29.2004

27 Former Diplomats, Military Commanders and Intelligence Officers Denounce Bush

A website called Diplomats & Military Commanders for Change has come forward to lobby Americans to vote against George W. Bush in the upcoming election.

Leaders ranging from Admirals who served under the first President Bush to commanders of entire sections of our military or intelligence agencies have come out strongly against George W. Bush's foreign policies which, they say, have severely damaged America.

The website www.diplomatsforchange.com states the following:

Deep concern about the current state of our nation's international relations compels us, 27 men and women who have served the United States in senior diplomatic, national security, and Military positions, to speak out and call for a fundamental change in the United States' approach to foreign policy.

Let me note that we did not seek large numbers of supporters for our statement--we have assembled a varied and representative group of like-minded former senior career officials. Since news of the statement came out, we have been besieged by calls from friends and colleagues around the world who have offered support and encouragement. This is very gratifying.

Which candidate we can trust to protect our national security and manage successfully our relations with the rest of the world for the next four years is the fundamental and most important issue in the upcoming election. On the evidence of the past four years, that person is not the incumbent president, George W. Bush.

He is running as a wartime president and should therefore be judged on the performance of his administration in the wars that he took us into, first in Afghanistan and then most importantly in Iraq. He finally but belatedly admitted that he had miscalculated about Iraq, an extremely rare acknowledgment of error--rare apparently because he thinks admitting a mistake and changing course denotes weakness and he is running as a strong leader. Changing course or modifying a policy when new facts and developments emerge is not a display of weakness but rather of maturity, sound judgment, common sense, and wisdom--in other words, good leadership.

This would be devastating to Bush's re-election...if anyone in the liberal media took notice. This group came forward in June of this year and I this is the first I have heard of them.

*****Update*****

Another prominent Republican against Bush

As son of a Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, it is automatically expected by many that I am a Republican. For 50 years, through the election of 2000, I was. With the current administration’s decision to invade Iraq unilaterally, however, I changed my voter registration to independent, and barring some utterly unforeseen development, I intend to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry.

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