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“And I Tiresias have foresuffered all / Enacted on this same divan or ... ZOT!!!”
Inter Press Service | June 18, 2004 | Jim Lobe

Posted on 06/18/2004 10:11:12 AM PDT by Tiresias

Retired Diplomats, Soldiers Tell Bush to Beat It

by Jim Lobe

 

In an unprecedented broadside, more than two-dozen top retired U.S. career diplomats and military commanders, many of whom reached their top positions under former President George H.W. Bush, have called for George W. Bush to be defeated in his re-election bid in November.

"It is time for a change," declared a one-page statement by 27 ex-officials released at a press conference here Wednesday. "Never in the two and a quarter centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and distrusted."

"The Bush administration has shown that it does not grasp (the) circumstances of the new era, and is not able to rise to the responsibilities of world leadership in either style or substance," the statement concluded. "It is time for a change."

The statement, which had been anticipated since word of its formulation leaked out late last week, is the latest indication that what is sometimes called "the permanent government" – the senior ranks of the professional corps that run U.S. diplomacy, intelligence and the military – has become entirely disaffected from Bush and especially his foreign policy.

Last month, some 60 former U.S. diplomats and other government officials who served overseas released an open letter to the president protesting his support for the Israeli government's position in its conflict with the Palestinians, stressing that it is "costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends."

Signatories of that letter, which was inspired by a similar protest by 51 British ambassadors and senior government officials who sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair in late April, included at least 16 former ambassadors, a handful of who have signed the most recent statement, which aimed at a higher-ranking group.

Also last month, retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, a former head of the U.S. Central Command, which covers the Gulf region and Central Asia, called publicly – and on the most-watched U.S. public-affairs television show, 60 Minutes – for the resignation of the top civilians in the Pentagon as well as neoconservative policy-makers in the National Security Council (NSC) and Vice President Dick Cheney's office.

Zinni, a former Marine who was a prominent opponent of the Iraq war, is particularly highly regarded among the uniformed officer corps.

But the latest letter, which was signed by men and women who attained the highest ranks in the military and foreign services, goes much further in essentially calling for Bush's defeat.

While some of the signers have identified themselves as Democrats and have been advising Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democrat nominee for the presidential elections, most of them are seen as centrists and "realists" who rose to top positions under Bush's father (1989-1993) and probably supported him in his unsuccessful 1992 re-election bid.

"When I retired 10 years ago, I signed up as a Republican," said Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, the former U.S. Air Force chief of staff, one of half a dozen general-rank military officers, who also included Admiral William Crowe, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan (1981-89) and Gen. Joseph Hoar, head of the U.S. Central Command under Bush Senior.

McPeak added that in the 2000 election he was a member of Veterans for Bush but is now providing advice to the Kerry campaign.

Similarly, several retired ambassadors, including two – Arthur Hartman and Jack Matlock, Jr. – who served in the Soviet Union under Reagan, and several others, such as William Harrop (Israel), Robert Oakley (Somalia), and Freeman (Saudi Arabia), who served in sensitive hotspots under the elder Bush, have seen their careers prosper under Republicans.

The fact that such high-ranking officials would constitute themselves as a group and come out with a strongly political statement is particularly striking and was justified by their chief spokesperson, Phyllis Oakley, a former head of the State Department's highly regarded Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) by the fact that "never before have so many of us felt the need for a major change in the direction of our foreign policy."

"We have not only worked overseas; we have also held positions of major responsibility in the Department of State, Department of Defence, National Security Council, and at the United Nations. For many of us," she said, "such an overt step is very hard to do and we have made our decisions after deep reflection."

"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 country very well over the last 60 years," she said. "Today we see that structure crumbling under an administration blinded by ideology and a callous indifference to the realities of the world around it."

The letter itself charged Bush with adopting "an overbearing approach to America's role in the world, relying upon military might and righteousness, insensitive to the concern of traditional friends and allies, and disdainful of the United Nations."

It accused the administration of leading the United States "into an ill-planned and costly war from which exit is uncertain," and charged that the invasion was justified "by manipulation of uncertain intelligence about weapons of mass destruction, and by a cynical campaign to persuade the public that Saddam Hussein was linked to al-Qaeda and the attacks of Sept. 11 (2001)."

In a report also released Wednesday, the commission investigating those attacks said it found "no credible evidence" of any operational link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, claims made repeatedly by Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to justify the 2003 U.S.-led attack on the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Like the May letter, signers of the Wednesday letter also assailed the administration's alignment with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "To enhance credibility with Islamic peoples we must pursue courageous, energetic and balanced efforts to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians," they said.

"There's been a complete failure of leadership on the issue," said Ambassador Michael Sterner, who served as Washington's envoy to the United Arab Emirates under Presidents Richard Nixon (1969-1974) and Gerald Ford (1974-1977).

The major challenges of the 21st century, the letter went on, include weapons proliferation, unequal distribution of wealth, terrorism, environmental degradation, population growth in the developing world, HIV/AIDS and ethnic and religious confrontations. "Such problems cannot be resolved by military force, nor by the sole remaining superpower alone."

Some of the signers applauded recent indications – particularly at the United Nations and in Iraq – that the administration is prepared to compromise with its allies and critics. But Oakley, who also served in the State Department under Reagan, said they might only represent a "tactical shift" rather than a "fundamental change in approach to foreign policy."

"Everything we have heard from friends abroad on every continent suggests to us that the lack of confidence in the present administration is so profound that a whole new team is needed to repair the damage," she said.

Several signers described the current situation in Iraq as a "disaster" for which the administration, particularly planners in the Pentagon, was entirely unprepared.

"The world's finest army is in the process of being dismembered and destroyed" as a result of the lack of preparation, the demands being made on it and the Abu Ghraib scandal, said Freeman, who served as ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.

June 18, 2004


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
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1 posted on 06/18/2004 10:11:16 AM PDT by Tiresias
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To: Tiresias

The troll is at it again. Reposting old trash.

Do you get paid per word or per article by Moby?


2 posted on 06/18/2004 10:15:35 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( J.F.K. STANDS FOR: (JIHAD FOR KERRY!))
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To: Tiresias

Fire them all - traitorous bastards.


3 posted on 06/18/2004 10:15:40 AM PDT by astounded
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To: Tiresias

Two Questions.


1. How many F*ng times do they plan to Release this letter? UNtil someone pays attention?


2. If these guys were so F*ng good at their jobs crafting Foreign Policy, How come the world is in this mess TODAY ?????


4 posted on 06/18/2004 10:16:10 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: Tiresias
""The world's finest army is in the process of being dismembered and destroyed" as a result of the lack of preparation, the demands being made on it and the Abu Ghraib scandal.... " ,

Which is being pimped by pukes like these.

5 posted on 06/18/2004 10:16:39 AM PDT by sauropod (Which would you prefer? "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" or "I did not have sex with that woman?)
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To: Tiresias
"the permanent government"

And that sums up a large portion of the problems facing this country right there in a nutshell.

6 posted on 06/18/2004 10:16:45 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.)
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To: mhking; MeekOneGOP

Time to zot this old Moby Troll.

I'm out of here. Zot this back stabbing Bush hater back to DU hell.


7 posted on 06/18/2004 10:16:57 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( J.F.K. STANDS FOR: (JIHAD FOR KERRY!))
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To: Tiresias

The fact that we weren't "broadly feared" while these idiots were busy being entertained by foreign powers is exactly what lead to 9/11.


8 posted on 06/18/2004 10:17:45 AM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.freepgs.com/counterpunch)
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To: Tiresias

YAWN..about the fourth posting of this totally insignificant piece.


9 posted on 06/18/2004 10:19:32 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: Tiresias

Former Carter men no doubt


10 posted on 06/18/2004 10:21:12 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: Tiresias
The major challenges of the 21st century, the letter went on, include ... unequal distribution of wealth...

Communists go home - Reagan beat you, remember?

11 posted on 06/18/2004 10:24:04 AM PDT by talleyman (It takes a village to raise an idiot.)
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To: Tiresias; Zavien Doombringer; 4mycountry; Constitution Day; VRWCmember; Poohbah; dighton; ...

12 posted on 06/18/2004 10:28:34 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Tiresias
"To enhance credibility with Islamic peoples we must pursue courageous, energetic and balanced efforts to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians," they said.

The major challenges of the 21st century, the letter went on, include weapons proliferation, unequal distribution of wealth (!!!), terrorism, environmental degradation, population growth in the developing world, HIV/AIDS and ethnic and religious confrontations.

This is the ideology of every Marxist academic in every left-wing university in America. These guys belong with Michael Moore, Peter Singer, Noam Chomsky and the rest of the "We Hate America" degenerates of the Foaming-At-The-Mouth variety.

There is no proof that a military or diplomatic career automatically means that you love freedom. For many at the highest level it is just a prestigious job with nice perks.

13 posted on 06/18/2004 10:29:29 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: mhking

Respect the badge-he earned it with his blood
Fear the gun-your sentence may be death because
I AM THE LAW
And you won't f*ck around no more
I AM THE LAW
I judge the rich, I judge the poor
I AM THE LAW
Commit I'll lock the door
I AM THE LAW
Because in Mega-City
I AM THE LAW


14 posted on 06/18/2004 10:31:43 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: Tiresias

15 posted on 06/18/2004 10:35:45 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Tiresias; Admin Moderator
I knew it was a troll.

And it smells a lot like Wlat.

16 posted on 06/18/2004 10:35:49 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Tiresias

ZOT!

17 posted on 06/18/2004 10:35:52 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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To: Tiresias

18 posted on 06/18/2004 10:36:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Tiresias

19 posted on 06/18/2004 10:37:23 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: astounded; hobbes1; sauropod; Chad Fairbanks; Grampa Dave; counterpunch; MEG33; Mikey_1962; ...
In an unprecedented broadside, more than two-dozen top retired U.S. career diplomats and military commanders, many of whom reached their top positions under former President George H.W. Bush, have called for George W. Bush to be defeated in his re-election bid in November.
In a very precedented broadside, Jim Lobe continued his mindless propaganda under the guise of journalism. And, as predicted by his fellow traveler, Pat Buchanan, the left and right extremist fringe have become natural allies.

Hmm... funny... I could have sworn that George H.W. Bush is also despised by Jim Lobe, Pat Buchanan, and the rest of the skinheads-in-name-only. And for that matter, I could have sworn that GHW Bush wound up rejected (in favor of the sociopath, Bill Clinton) because he kissed the ass of the UN and left Saddam in power and reneged on "read my lips".

posted to: astounded; hobbes1; sauropod; Chad Fairbanks; Grampa Dave; counterpunch; MEG33; Mikey_1962; talleyman; Dr. Thorne; ValerieUSA
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent

20 posted on 06/18/2004 10:43:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: Vigilantcitizen
And it smells a lot like Wlat.

"Wlat's Wrods of Wsidom"

21 posted on 06/18/2004 10:48:00 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Burger-Eating War Monkey)
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To: Tiresias
60 years ago the United States had kicked significant ass in the world and brought the second World War to an end. Yes, I know that we were allied with GB, the Soviets and the French. The French we also fought against.

At the end of said conflict, the world was either deathly afraid of us, (not a bad situation); too badly beaten to have much of an opinion, (also not a bad situation and profitable for the beaten); or extremely pleased to call us friend, (a very good situation). This applied to all but the Communist countries. It has taken a bit more time for reality to sink in for these peoples.

Considering the above, I ask, who the heck gives a damn about these sniveling, neutered nabobs?

22 posted on 06/18/2004 10:52:59 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: mhking; All

Great Work!

I post the troll alert @10:15 AM PST and go to the showers and get ready for baby sitting with the grandson, Bubba Bam Bam.

When I returned to sign off, the troll is out of here. It will be on unemployment now that it can't post on Free Republic.

How many more of these deep rooted Moby Trolls still lurk on Free Republic pretending to be poster boy/girl/it conservatives?


23 posted on 06/18/2004 10:54:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( J.F.K. STANDS FOR: (JIHAD FOR KERRY!))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great Zot!


24 posted on 06/18/2004 10:57:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (A rifle without ammunition is just a stick.)
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To: Tiresias

Got ZOT!?

25 posted on 06/18/2004 11:01:03 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Vexillologist to the FReeper Foxhole)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Thank you so much for that screen capture of the DU!
It's my favorite.
Which FReeper did it???


26 posted on 06/18/2004 11:07:54 AM PDT by netmilsmom ("We haven't begun military action. the world will know when we do." -Marine in Fallujah)
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To: Tiresias

Did any of the 27 signers appear in a "Bush for President" poster? If not, what's their point?


27 posted on 06/18/2004 11:09:25 AM PDT by DWPittelli
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks much. You've got the trolls, I've got the ZOT.


28 posted on 06/18/2004 11:19:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Grampa Dave; Tiresias; 4mycountry; Fierce Allegiance; TheBigB; VRWCmember; Zavien Doombringer; ...
He's dead, Jim.
(Click here or on the pic).

29 posted on 06/18/2004 11:46:56 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Call me the Will Rogers voter: I never met a Democrat I didn't like - to vote OUT OF POWER !)
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To: netmilsmom
"Which FReeper did it???"

Sorry I cannot reveal that information because I would be put on Triple Secret Probation... ;-)

30 posted on 06/18/2004 11:59:28 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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To: Grampa Dave
Good shot, Grampa !

31 posted on 06/18/2004 12:49:52 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Call me the Will Rogers voter: I never met a Democrat I didn't like - to vote OUT OF POWER !)
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To: Constitution Day

Thanks for posting the synopsis of Wlat's post.

I will save them for his return, if he does return.

Regarding this troll, I've had my eye on him for a couple of days now, and knew he was close to snapping.


32 posted on 06/18/2004 1:25:54 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Tiresias

33 posted on 06/18/2004 1:30:07 PM PDT by itsamelman (40: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." 42: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman")
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To: SunkenCiv

I didn't know that Jim Lobe wrote for LewRockwell.com. Now I'll have to de-contaminate my computer.


34 posted on 06/18/2004 1:36:00 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: Dr. Thorne

BUMP!


35 posted on 06/18/2004 2:03:29 PM PDT by Publius6961 (I don't do diplomacy either.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

>>Sorry I cannot reveal that information because I would be put on Triple Secret Probation... ;-)<<

LOL!
Ooooo, that's not a good place to be!


36 posted on 06/18/2004 2:24:52 PM PDT by netmilsmom ("We haven't begun military action. the world will know when we do." -Marine in Fallujah)
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To: Tiresias

Take your dugs and go away.


37 posted on 06/18/2004 2:29:41 PM PDT by livius
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To: Tiresias

38 posted on 06/19/2004 5:03:15 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Constitution Day
(Burger-Eating War Monkey)

Great tag line!

39 posted on 06/29/2004 6:45:33 AM PDT by talleyman ("Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.")
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To: talleyman
Thanks! The phrase came from this article in The Economist.
40 posted on 06/29/2004 6:52:35 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Member, Burger-Eating War Monkeys, Rapid Response Digital Brown Shirts, NLC™)
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