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Katz is Sharon: NAZI Bitch MAYOR of PDX Resignation letter

This just in the resignation letter.
U.S. Embassy
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
March 19, 2003

Secretary of State Colin Powell
US Department of State
Washington, DC 20521

Dear Secretary Powell:

When I last saw you in Kabul in January, 2002 you arrived to officially open the US Embassy that I had helped reestablish in December, 2001 as the first political officer. At that time I could not have imagined that I would be writing a year later to resign from the Foreign Service because of US policies.

All my adult life I have been in service to the United States. I have been a diplomat for fifteen years and the Deputy Chief of Mission in our Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan (briefly) and Mongolia. I have also had assignments in Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. I received the State Department's Award for Heroism as Charge d'Affaires during the evacuation of Sierra Leone in 1997. I was 26 years in the US Army/Army Reserves and participated in civil reconstruction projects after military operations in Grenada, Panama and Somalia. I attained the rank of Colonel during my military service.

This is the only time in my many years serving America that I have felt I cannot represent the policies of an Administration of the United States. I disagree with the Administration's policies on Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, North Korea and curtailment of civil liberties in the U.S. itself. I believe the Administration's policies are making the world a more dangerous, not a safer, place. I feel obligated morally and professionally to set out my very deep and firm concerns on these policies and to resign from government service as I cannot defend or implement them.

I hope you will bear with my explanation of why I must resign. After thirty years of service to my country, my decision to resign is a huge step and I want to be clear in my reasons why I must do so.

* I disagree with the Administration's policies on Iraq

I wrote this letter five weeks ago and held it hoping that the Administration would not go to war against Iraq at this time without United Nations Security Council agreement. I strongly believe that going to war now will make the world more dangerous, not safer.

There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a despicable dictator and has done incredible damage to the Iraqi people and others of the region. I totally support the international community's demand that Saddam's regime destroy weapons of mass destruction.

However, I believe we should not use US military force without UNSC agreement to ensure compliance. In our press for military action now, we have created deep chasms in the international community and in important international organizations. Our policies have alienated many of our allies and created ill will in much of the world.

Countries of the world supported America's action in Afghanistan as a response to the September 11 Al Qaida attacks on America. Since then, America has lost the incredible sympathy of most of the world because of our policy toward Iraq. Much of the world considers our statements about Iraq as arrogant, untruthful and masking a hidden agenda. Leaders of moderate Moslem/Arab countries warn us about predicable outrage and anger of the youth of their countries if America enters an Arab country with the purpose of attacking Moslems/Arabs, not defending them. Attacking the Saddam regime in Iraq now is very different than expelling the same regime from Kuwait, as we did ten years ago.

I strongly believe the probable response of many Arabs of the region and Moslems of the world if the US enters Iraq without UNSC agreement will result in actions extraordinarily dangerous to America and Americans. Military action now without UNSC agreement is much more dangerous for America and the world than allowing the UN weapons inspections to proceed and subsequently taking UNSC authorized action if warranted.

I firmly believe the probability of Saddam using weapons of mass destruction is low, as he knows that using those weapons will trigger an immediate, strong and justified international response. There will be no question of action against Saddam in that case. I strongly disagree with the use of a "preemptive attack" against Iraq and believe that this preemptive attack policy will be used against us and provide justification for individuals and groups to "preemptively attack" America and American citizens.

The international military build-up is providing pressure on the regime that is resulting in a slow, but steady disclosure of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). We should give the weapons inspectors time to do their job. We should not give extremist Moslems/ Arabs a further cause to hate America, or give moderate Moslems a reason to join the extremists. Additionally, we must reevaluate keeping our military forces in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia. Their presence on the Islamic "holy soil" of Saudi Arabia will be an anti-American rally cry for Moslems as long as the US military remains and a strong reason, in their opinion, for actions against the US government and American citizens.

Although I strongly believe the time in not yet right for military action in Iraq, as a soldier who has been in several military operations, I hope General Franks, US and coalition forces can accomplish the missions they will be ordered do without loss of civilian or military life and without destruction of the Iraqi peoples' homes and livelihood. I strongly urge the Department of State to attempt again to stop the policy that is leading us to military action in Iraq without UNSC agreement. Timing is everything and this is not yet the time for military action.

* I disagree with the Administration's lack of effort in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Likewise, I cannot support the lack of effort by the Administration to use its influence to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As Palestinian suicide bombers kill Israelis and Israeli military operations kill Palestinians and destroy Palestinian towns and cities, the Administration has done little to end the violence. We must exert our considerable financial influence on the Israelis to stop destroying cities and on the Palestinians to curb its youth suicide bombers. I hope the Administration's long-needed "Roadmap for Peace" will have the human resources and political capital needed to finally make some progress toward peace.

* I disagree with the Administration's lack of policy on North Korea

Additionally, I cannot support the Administration's position on North Korea. With weapons, bombs and missiles, the risks that North Korea poses are too great to ignore. I strongly believe the Administration's lack of substantive discussion, dialogue and engagement over the last two years has jeopardized security on the peninsula and the region. The situation with North Korea is dangerous for us to continue to neglect.

* I disagree with the Administration's policies on Unnecessary Curtailment of Rights in America

Further, I cannot support the Administration's unnecessary curtailment of civil rights following September 11. The investigation of those suspected of ties with terrorist organizations is critical but the legal system of America for 200 years has been based on standards that provide protections for persons during the investigation period. Solitary confinement without access to legal counsel cuts the heart out of the legal foundation on which our country stands. Additionally, I believe the Administration's secrecy in the judicial process has created an atmosphere of fear to speak out against the gutting of the protections on which America was built and the protections we encourage other countries to provide to their citizens.

Resignation

I have served my country for almost thirty years in the some of the most isolated and dangerous parts of the world. I want to continue to serve America. However, I do not believe in the policies of this Administration and cannot defend or implement them. It is with heavy heart that I must end my service to America and therefore resign due to the Administration's policies.

Mr. Secretary, to end on a personal note, under your leadership, we have made great progress in improving the organization and administration of the Foreign Service and the Department of State. I want to thank you for your extraordinary efforts to that end. I hate to leave the Foreign Service, and I wish you and our colleagues well.

Very Respectfully,

Mary A. Wright, FO-01
Deputy Chief of Mission
US Embassy
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
agree 08.Apr.2003 13:55

jim

while I certainly agree with the nazi bitch mayor part, what does this letter have to do with katz?

Vas is das? 08.Apr.2003 14:14

cw

Yes, I too am wondering what on earth this letter has to do with Vera?

Also, on another note, I agree that Katz has let us all down. She appears to be a hypocrite who once attended (as "linda")protests to support farm workers, but now that she's actually in a position to support the people, she has sold out. She doesn't seem to believe in the things she once pretended to care about.

Having said that, I must register my disgust at your use of the term "bitch." This is a sexist word that has no place being used here. If you want to call Vera an ass, then do so. If you want to call her a sold-out hypocrite, great. But please don't use words with extremely negative connotations that only apply to women.

lose the sexist language 08.Apr.2003 14:31

dkbnjb

I agree, Vera Katz is a ho!

Linda 08.Apr.2003 15:44

no one in particular

Can someone explain what all this vera/linda stuff is about? Who is Linda? I don't get it.

Also, I call guys "bitch" all the time.

On Linda 08.Apr.2003 16:00

KatzCritic

As JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) hearings were scheduled to get under way, wherein our rights as free citizens were sold downriver by Vera Katz and commissioner francesconi (sp?) and the PBA, a local newspaper ran an article on inappropriate police spying on non-criminal political activities of American citizens.

Part of the feature contained frightening information regarding a PDX cop who had kept files for decades on people and organizations that he considered "terrorists." Many of these files were extensive, and all targeted people for non-violent, legal activities. In short, this was illegal spying and an abuse of state authority.

Ironically, one of the people featured in the dossiers was a youngish woman back in the late 1960s or early 1970s holding a sign supporting farmworkers during a protest. While easily identifiable by any portlander as Vera Katz, the woman was misidentified in the police dossier as "Linda" katz.

Maybe that was her informer name, who knows. In any event, she's sold out.

And "bitch" is a word better left to women who choose to reclaim it in the name of empowerment. I find it offensive.

ot question 08.Apr.2003 23:01

pc nyc

is bastard a sexist term?

Coming from someone who believes most languages are inherently sexist, I personally don't think 'bitch' or 'bastard' are inherently sexist terms. They only become sexist in context.

saying "All women are bitches" or "All men are bastards" is sexist

but

"Nazi bitch Vera Katz" or "George Bush: the bastard of Bagdad"

sexist? - I don't see it

"that hurts like a bastard" or "this test is gonna be a bitch"

profanity is what you make it

bastard 09.Apr.2003 02:04

clamydia

the word bastard originally meant (and still does, actually) a person born out of wedlock. this became a derogatory term as the practice of having children out of wedlock came to be looked down upon by society as a whole. as time passed and people slowly stopped caring whether or not a child ever knew his father, the curse word itself remained and is still used today. the point is that the word can be applied to males and females, its roots are just as cruel and oppressive, and it is not a good equivalent to the word "bitch". The word bitch is used today by men basically to describe any wimmin that piss them off, regardless of the percieved offense. The childish ambiguity of the word itself is enough reason not to use it, not to mention the fact that it makes many wimmin uncomfortable.

Wimmin? 09.Apr.2003 15:57

Chee-to

"Wimmin?" Isn't that what Popeye calls chicks?