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Old 06-18-2004, 03:27 AM   #16
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Originally posted by STING2
Think about the numbers, 26 retired diplomats and Generals vs. thousands of retired diplomats and Generals
From the same BBC article that Klaus linked to:

Another former ambassador, Phyllis Oakley, said the need for change was unprecedented.

"Today we see that structure crumbling under an administration blinded by ideology and a callous indifference to the realities of the world around it," she said.

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

The former officials have launched their call for change in a presidential election year, but the group is made up of both Democrats and members of Mr Bush's Republican Party.

Known critics of the administration were deliberately excluded from it.
And while it may be true that there are thousands of retired diplomats, there is of course a hierarchy in importance of those diplomats. This group includes some persons with highly respectable carreers. They aren't just some diplomats who are looking for a new job or need the attention from the media.

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Old 06-18-2004, 07:19 AM   #17
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Examples please.

I never seen a group that included so many appointed by former Republican Presidents on any list calling for a change in administration, especially from diplomatic corp or military.

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