2004-06-14

Ex-Gener�le und Diplomaten vs. Bush

--- Die LA Times, die in der vergangenen Woche im Politikteil fast nur noch Reagan gespielt hat, widmet sich mal wieder dem anstehenden Pr�sidentenwahlkampf und wei� f�r den Amtrtr�ger wenig Erfreuliches zu berichten: A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November. The group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, will explicitly condemn Bush's foreign policy, according to several of those who signed the document. "It is clear that the statement calls for the defeat of the administration," said William C. Harrop, the ambassador to Israel under President Bush's father and one of the group's principal organizers. Those signing the document, which will be released in Washington on Wednesday, include 20 former U.S. ambassadors, appointed by presidents of both parties, to countries including Israel, the former Soviet Union and Saudi Arabia. Others are senior State Department officials from the Carter, Reagan and Clinton administrations and former military leaders, including retired Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, the former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East under President Bush's father. Hoar is a prominent critic of the war in Iraq. ... It is unusual for so many former high-level military officials and career diplomats to issue such an overtly political message during a presidential campaign. In der Tat.