Editor's Note: In the last week of February, truthout reported on the public resignation of veteran U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling. Kiesling's letter of resignation remains perhaps the best example of principled dissent to be penned in this entire Iraq episode. That letter can be read here. At the time, many wondered if Kiesling's stand would inspire other diplomats to take similar steps. Below is the story of such a one. - wrp
U.S. Diplomat Resigns over Iraq War Plans
Monday 10 March 2003
A U.S. diplomat resigned from government service on Monday in protest at President George W. 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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