A Diplomat Resigns

John Brady Kiesling resigned his post as a career U.S. diplomat. His letter of resignation was posted here in the New York Times.

Here is an excerpt: It is inevitable that during twenty years with the State Department I would become more sophisticated and cynical about the narrow and selfish bureaucratic motives that sometimes shaped our policies. Human nature is what it is, and I was rewarded and promoted for understanding human nature. But until this Administration it had been possible to believe that by upholding the policies of my president I was also upholding the interests of the American people and the world. I believe it no longer.

The policies we are now asked to advance are incompatible not only with American values but also with American interests. Our fervent pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy that has been AmericaΩs most potent weapon of both offense and defense since the days of Woodrow Wilson. 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.

This letter is one of the most striking examples of patriotism and honesty I’ve ever read. Click here for the full text. My hat is off to you, Mr. Kiesling.