Wednesday, June 16, 2004
What Credibility?
Sorry I have been down for a while but I am back now.
My Comments in bold

A group of 26 retired U.S. diplomats and military officers said Wednesday that President Bush should be voted out of office in November for damaging U.S. national security interests and America's standing in the international community.

‘‘Never before have so many of us felt the need for a major change in the direction of our foreign policy."

Charles Freeman, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf war, said the administration's handling of wider relations with the Islamic world was particularly damaging to U.S. interests in the long run.

Yes Charles you are correct

The group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, did not explicitly endorse Democrat John Kerry for president in its statement.

The Bush-Cheney campaign said at least 20 members of the group have been involved in partisan political activities in the past.

When all else fails we will just call them "liberals"

‘‘It is not surprising that John Kerry has the support of a group of people who share his belief that the threat of terror is exaggerated," Bush-Cheney spokesman Steve Schmidt said in a statement. ‘‘This is a group that shares John Kerry's pre-September 11th world view and supports John Kerry's failed ideas for treating terrorism as a matter mainly for law-enforcement and intelligence."

Is it just me or does the Bush - Cheney team say the same thing over and over?

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said people who leave the Foreign Service can say what they want.

Last time I checked there was still freedome of speech.

included is Jack F. Matlock, who was appointed by Reagan as ambassador to the Soviet Union and retained the post under the first President Bush, and William C. Harrop, the first President Bush's ambassador to Israel and four African countries.

But these people are engaging in partisan politics... we musn't forget

Normally, former diplomats and military commanders avoid making political statements, especially in an election year. But last month 53 former diplomats accused the Bush administration of undermining U.S. credibility in the Middle East by its strong support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Forget credibility we have Israel

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