US Diplomats & Military Commanders for Change

Category: Americas, World Affairs Topics: George W. Bush, United States Of America Views: 4993

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 undersigned have held positions of responsibility for the planning and execution of American foreign and defense policy. Collectively, we have served every president since Harry S. Truman. Some of us are Democrats, some are Republicans or Independents, many voted for George W. Bush. But we all believe that current Administration policies have failed in the primary responsibilities of preserving national security and providing world leadership. Serious issues are at stake. We need a change.

From the outset, President George W. Bush adopted an overbearing approach to America's role in the world, relying upon military might and righteousness, insensitive to the concerns of traditional friends and allies, and disdainful of the United Nations. Instead of building upon America's great economic and moral strength to lead other nations in a coordinated campaign to address the causes of terrorism and to stifle its resources, the Administration, motivated more by ideology than by reasoned analysis, struck out on its own. It led the United States into an ill-planned and costly war from which exit is uncertain. It justified the invasion of Iraq 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 September 11. The evidence did not support this argument.

Our security has been weakened. While American airmen and women, marines, soldiers and sailors have performed gallantly, our armed forces were not prepared for military occupation and nation building. Public opinion polls throughout the world report hostility toward us. Muslim youth are turning to anti-American terrorism. 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. No loyal American would question our ultimate right to act alone in our national interest; but responsible leadership would not turn to unilateral military action before diplomacy had been thoroughly explored. 

The United States suffers from close identification with autocratic regimes in the Muslim world, and from the perception of unquestioning support for the policies and actions of the present Israeli Government. To enhance credibility with Islamic peoples we must pursue courageous, energetic and balanced efforts to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and policies that encourage responsible democratic reforms. 

We face profound challenges in the 21st Century: proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, unequal distribution of wealth and the fruits of globalization, terrorism, environmental degradation, population growth in the developing world, HIV/AIDS, ethnic and religious confrontations. Such problems can not be resolved by military force, nor by the sole remaining superpower alone; they demand patient, coordinated global effort under the leadership of the United States.

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

Diplomats & Military Commanders for Change

  Category: Americas, World Affairs
  Topics: George W. Bush, United States Of America
Views: 4993

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It is great to see such personalities put pen to paper to tell the truth. What is so amazing is that when they are actually in office and they surely see injustices, they seem to keep quiet until they retire, grow older, get wiser, etc or write a book!

Still, one would think that some die hards may be convinced that their foreign policy is lopsided, one-sided and does nothing to win hearts and minds! but still there will be those who are in a perpetual self-denial.

A brave person is one who can look into his/her own heart and see their own faults and admit to their mistakes. I guess it would be too much to expect this lot in the current US admin to admit to their errors. They'd rather spill more blood yet one day, if we live that long, we may see some of their memoirs and the lies and confessions they would spill out. By then no one would care for the wasted lives because of their undilluted arrogance.

Diplomacy is a great skill,only the wise can tactfully apply it. It cannot florish in barbaric, arrogant & predjudice "ATMOSPHERE".Only humility can own it.

Bravo - and thank our Lord for people like these!!!

I see it as a sincere statement by true american patriots who want what is good for the american people as well as justice for all the people of the world.