MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC OFFICIALS SPEAK OUT - Mitch Perry

06/16/04

Today a group of former senior diplomatic officials and retired military commanders-- issued a bracing statement arguing that George W. Bush has damaged the country's national security and calling on Americans to defeat him in November.

The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, argues that the Bush Administration is not just estranged around the world but even from America's own bipartisan foreign policy and military establishments.

The vast majority of the signatories are, in fact, either conservative Republicans who served under Reagan and Bush 41 or they are bipartisan, consensus-driven ex-diplomats who served their country from Africa to Asia because they believed in America's leadership role around the world.

Ambassador Robert Keelee served in Greece, Zimbabwe and Mauritious at various times between 1976 and 1989. He spoke with WMNF this morning about the genesis of Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change (roll tape#1 o.q. "of our foreign policy")

That's Former U.S. Ambassador Robert Keeley, part of the group calling itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change that was formally announced in Washington today.

We'll air more of our interview with Ambassador Keeley on tomorrow night's broadcast.

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