On April 26, 52 retired British diplomats signed a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair asking him to reconsider Britain’s Middle East foreign policy. Inspired by their British colleagues, former U.S. diplomats and government officials are circulating for signatures a similar letter to President George W. Bush. Early responses are
This indicates that many Americans are deeply concerned not only about the disastrous quagmire in Iraq, but about the Palestinian issue as well. Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike, who understand that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is key to peace in the Middle East, are calling for action. Signatories are united by their belief that the U.S. government is heading toward great danger.
Our hope is that both political parties will take heed and listen to the voices of experienced diplomats. We also want our friends and allies in the Middle East and Europe to hear our words and know that there are many Americans who do not support the president’s April 14 endorsement of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s unilateral “disengagement” plan. Many of us warned the president not to invade Iraq, arguing that Saddam Hussein posed no imminent danger to the United States and had no part in the 9/11 attacks. The president and his advisers, however, did not heed our warnings. We invite the press to hear former diplomats speak out.
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
National Press Club
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