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Old 03-11-2003, 11:30 AM   #1
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U.S. diplomats resign in protest at President Bush's preparations to attack Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A U.S. diplomat resigned from government service Monday in protest at President Bush's preparations to attack Iraq, the second to do so in less than a month.

John H. Brown, who joined the U.S. diplomatic corps in 1981 and served in London, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Belgrade and Moscow, said in a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell made available to the media: "I cannot in good conscience support President Bush's war plans against Iraq.

"Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the unjustified use of force. The president's disregard for views in other nations, borne out by his neglect of public diplomacy, is giving birth to an anti-American century," the diplomat added.

Brown has recently been attached to the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington. Immediately before that, he was cultural attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

A senior U.S. diplomat based in Athens, political counselor John Brady Kiesling, 45, resigned in protest at the Bush administration's policy on Iraq last month.
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At this moment, I wouldn't mind resigning from America till it recovers its sanity.
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good for him. i don't really agree with him but it is a wonderful thing to live in a country where a person has the right to speak freely against his or her country's leadership decisions without worrying about the ramifications that might occur.

god bless the united states of america.
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well said me3.
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sometimes i feel like acquiring my US citizenship so i can vote.
but even that doesnt work right...
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Old 03-11-2003, 12:26 PM   #6
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then do it sula, give up your american citizenship

i'm not saying "you're either with us or against us," more along the lines of being in america versus outside of it, things are different. i'm not saying it's different here as in we all want to bomb the hell out of the rest of the world, but things are changing quickly.

there are a lot of domestic issues that are correlating to this war that make americans against it. things like the patriot act and extra liberties the government is taking to control the american public. it's not working and it's outraging the americans it was trying to control. presently i think more americans are far more concerned with what bush is trying to do here to control what happens in the next few days compared to what's going to happen in iraq. why? well, the main two reasons are 1. civil rights are never to be repealed. and 2. the government isn't telling us anything. all we've gotten is that iraq is bad, we are good. wrong as that simple message may be, that's what we're acting on here. and it is a moral conflict - do we deserve the right to impose a regime change? no, probably not. should we just secretly fund a revolutionary group? or would that be vietnam all over - so then should we just go in for 90 days maximum like we did in kosovo? or should we sit back as saddam kills more of his own people?

i agree that we shouldn't be going in like this without anyone's support. there's something going on here that we obviously don't know about and they're trying to protect it with patriot acts.

watching my friends and professors go off to fight in a war like this is rather upsetting. i've said it a hundred times before, that this is starting out just like the vietnam war, but hopefully the gears will stop before they're put too far into motion.
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Great thoughts Lilly. I couldn't agree more.

But there is no way Bush will back down. He is much too much the swaggering Macho crap type to do so.
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I'm against the war too but I don't plan on "resigning" my citizenship. I'm going to use it to express my belief that my government is making a huge mistake. Hey, I have a vote and 2004 is going to happen whether those politicians like it or not. No matter who wins the election, I'll have used the ballot box and my right to peaceful protest to express my viiews. This is important to me. Rather than giving up your vote or whatever, use it! That's why the Founding Fathers, the suffragettes, and other people --themselves protesters against a status quo--gave me a vote.
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I think this a very scary yet exciting time in America. You can actually smell a hint of revolution in the air. I think there will be a fairly large portion of America that starts to speak up. That will march, that will vote, and take action to get Bush out of office. He's gone too far, and I think slowly people will come to realize that. As soon as the "if you are not with me you are against me" propaganda wears off.
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But there is no way Bush will back down. He is much too much the swaggering Macho crap type to do so.
you'd think that individual personality wouldn't interfere with whether or not a war would come about.

that is, after all, why congress is there.
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That's true but Congress gave him unlimited discretion on a preemptive war.

An interesting theory about the Macho Men

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15328
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I haven't decided whether to change citizenship or not.
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you have to take the ups with the downs.


protest in more constructive ways besides abdicating your citizenship.
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Even with all the bullshit about a possibility of us attacking IRAQ, I am still proud of my citizenship. Proof is that diplomat that resigned.

I'm scared about the direction our country is heading , but I'm more scared of the complacency that I see in people every day.
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Even with all the bullshit about a possibility of us attacking IRAQ, I am still proud of my citizenship. Proof is that diplomat that resigned.

I'm scared about the direction our country is heading , but I'm more scared of the complacency that I see in people every day.
Yeah, I'm with oktobergirl--I don't plan on heading for the border...yet.
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