Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go

The LATimes (free reg req) has an exclusive breaking news bit that a group of former diplomats and military officials will release a statement later this week calling for the defeat of President Bush. The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security. Several served under Republicans.

A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America’s national security and should be defeated in November.

“A lot of people felt the work they had done over their lifetime in trying to build a situation in which the United States was respected and could lead the rest of the world was now undermined by this administration — by the arrogance, by the refusal to listen to others, the scorn for multilateral organizations,” Harrop said.

“The core of the message is that we are so deeply concerned about the current direction of American foreign policy … that we think it is essential for the future security of the United States that a new foreign policy team come in,” said Oakley.