Friday, June 18, 2004

Former diplomats & soldiers speak up

“Over nearly half a century we have worked energetically in all regions of the world, often in very difficult circumstances, to build piece by piece a structure of respect and influence for the United States that has served our county very well over the last 60 years,” Phyllis Oakley, a member of the group, told the National Press Club in Washington earlier today. Others include Gen. Merrill McPeak, former chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force; Chas Freeman, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Adm. William Crowe, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush, was America's top military officer, and Adm. Stansfield Turner, a former director of the CIA. “Today we see that structure crumbling under an administration blinded by ideology and a callous indifference to the realities of the world around it," said Oakley. Never before have so many of us felt the need for a major change in the direction of our foreign policy.”

"You see this as a moral issue?
Yes. We do feel that it is our duty and that the fate of the United States—its status, our ultimate well-being, that of our children and grandchildren—is tied up in how the United States acts."

...If you only vote once in your entire life this should be the one.

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