Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change
October 2, 2004

For additional information, contact:
Peter Moor 866-713-3715
David Bryden 202-549-3664

Diplomats who Resigned in Protest over Iraq Policy to Speak in Washington

Three career foreign service officers will speak about their reasons for resigning and why they believe President Bush must not be re-elected. Along with over 40 other diplomats and retired military, the three signed a statement this week stating President Bush has left America less safe.

Mary Ann Wright, Colonel, US Army, Retired, Ann Wright was an Foreign Service Officer from 1987 until 2003, when she resigned from the Service while serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Mongolia. She was also Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Afghanistan, and had assignments in Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Nicaragua and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Wright was in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves and participated in civil reconstruction after military operations in Grenada and Somalia. She attained the rank of colonel during 26 years of military service. Ms. Wright now lives in Honolulu.

John H. Brown, PhD, joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and has served in London, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Belgrade and, most recently, Moscow. A senior member of the Foreign Service since 1997, he has focused his diplomatic work on press and cultural affairs. Under a State Department program, he has served as an Associate at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, where he was assigned in August 2001. He states, "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. I joined the Foreign Service because I love our country."

John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat who has served in United States embassies from Tel Aviv to Casablanca to Yerevan. He states, "We have begun to dismantle the largest and most effective web of international relationships the world has ever known. Our current course will bring instability and danger, not security."

Sunday, October 3
12 pm (following the service)

All Souls Unitarian Church
Longfellow Room, 2nd Floor
1500 Harvard St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20045