portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article

imperialism & war

Second US diplomat quits over war

A veteran US diplomat resigned today in protest over US policy toward Iraq, becoming the second career foreign service officer to do so in the past month.

John Brown, who joined the State Department in 1981, said he resigned because he could not support Washington's Iraq policy, which he said was fomenting a massive rise in anti-US sentiment around the world.
Second US diplomat quits over war

 http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/11/1047144951200.html

March 11 2003

A veteran US diplomat resigned today in protest over US policy toward Iraq, becoming the second career foreign service officer to do so in the past month.

John Brown, who joined the State Department in 1981, said he resigned because he could not support Washington's Iraq policy, which he said was fomenting a massive rise in anti-US sentiment around the world.

In a resignation letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Brown said he agreed with J Brady Kiesling, a diplomat at the US embassy in Athens who quit in February over President George W Bush's apparent intent on fighting Iraq.

"I am joining my colleague John Brady Kiesling in submitting my resignation from the Foreign Service - effective immediately - because I cannot in good conscience support President Bush's war plans against Iraq," he said.

"Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the unjustified use of force," Brown said in the letter, a copy of which he sent to AFP.


"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," he said.

"I joined the Foreign Service because I love our country," Brown said. "Respectfully, Mr Secretary, I am now bringing this calling to a close, with a heavy heart but for the same reason that I embraced it."

Two senior State Department officials confirmed that Powell had received the letter from Brown, who had served at the US embassies in London, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Belgrade and Moscow before being assigned to be a diplomat-in-residence at Georgetown University in Washington.

Brown and Kiesling are believed to be the only US diplomats to have resigned from the foreign service over Iraq to date.

homepage: homepage: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/11/1047144951200.html

Courage has many faces 10.Mar.2003 22:45

nobody here but us 'chickens'

I applaud their courage....and they have made a TRUE major statement meant for the public (and diplomats to take note)....thank you.....thank you.

However, it's not good for ALL the 'people of conscience' to leave and break ranks. The 'good guys' need to guard the chicken house or else the fox will surely break in and eat all of us (chickens) alive!

TRUE courage is now demanded of us all.

I don't understand enough of the British legal system to know what to think about a mass exodus of MP's who disagree with Blair leaving.....again, I just think, ALL the good guys shouldn't leave....who/what fills the void???

Blair can be ousted by party 11.Mar.2003 17:33

green

In the UK, I believe that Blair or any prime minister can be ousted by his own party, as he is the head of the party, and the party can vote him out.