WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. officials is urging
voters to defeat President Bush in the November election, saying his
policies have isolated the United States, a spokesman for the group
said on Sunday.
The group of 26 former diplomats and military officials, including
appointees of former Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George
Bush, plan to issue an open statement on Wednesday criticizing Bush's
"We just came to agreement that this administration was really
endangering the United States," said William Harrop, a former
ambassador to Israel under the previous Bush administration.
The signers are a mix of Democrats and Republicans, Harrop said. They
include Jack Matlock and Arthur Hartman, two former ambassadors to the
former Soviet Union during the 1980s.
Also in the group are several other former ambassadors and retired
military officials, the group said.
Signers of the statement are concerned that the administration has
undermined U.S. leadership in the world and alienated U.S. allies,
As an example, Harrop cited the decision to launch the war in Iraq
without sufficient international support.
"Our view is that the President Bush administration has chosen
American domination of the world as in our best interest," Harrop
"We don't think that's going to work."
Harrop said the group was not aligned with Bush's Democratic
challenger in the November election, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry .
"But we want an alternative and that's the alternative," Harrop said.