American Diplomats Condemn Bush Foreign Policy

This is another testament to the seriousness of the times we live in. A group of former diplomats and military commanders are releasing a statement condemning the Bush foreign policy. According to this report, a number of these people were appointed by Reagan and Bush Sr.

Phyllis Oakley, the deputy State Department spokeswoman during former President Ronald Reagan’s second term and an assistant secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, said the statement was “prompted by a growing concern, deeply held, about the future of the country’s national security.”

The statement clearly calls for defeat of the Bush administration, she said, although it does not endorse any candidate.

“We are on the wrong track, and we need a fundamental change,” said Oakley.

and later in the article

Oakley also said that releasing the statement was not an easy decision.

“We’re all career [public] servants who have never taken a political stand,” she said. “What we want to get on record is our profound concern about the future security of the U.S.”

Very high ranking former diplomats who have every reason to support a Republican administration are coming out and saying that the America they worked to build is being torn down by our current administration, that our status as the world’s leading power is being tarnished. I remain amazed that there is anyone out there supporting Bush at all. Ronald Reagan was the one who asked the famous question “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Other than those who got fat tax breaks and/or lucrative contracts to destroy and/or rebuild Iraq, who could say yes to that?

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