Sunday, February 04, 2007

Military Leaders Urge Blair to Pursue Diplomacy with Iran

Special thanks to General Gard for helping coordinate signatures on this letter and to General Hoar and Vice Admiral Shanahan for signing. We worked with Gemma Mortensen at Crisis Action UK, who is coordinating Iran efforts in the UK. On February 5, 2007, they are launching a new report entitled, "Time to Talk."

Below is the original letter published today and running as a wire in at least 32 articles around the world, including this one.

Dear Sir:

As former US military leaders, we strongly caution against the use of military force against Iran. An attack on Iran would have disasterous consequences for security in the region, coalition forces in Iraq and would further exacerbate regional and global tensions. The current crisis must be resolved through diplomacy,

A strategy of diplomatic engagement with Iran would serve the interests of the US and the UK and potentially could enhance regional and international security. The British government has a vital role to play in securing a renewed diplomatic push and making it clear that it will oppose any recourse to military force. The Bush administration should engage immediately in direct talks with the government of Iran without preconditions. There is time available to talk, we must ensure that we use it.


Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.); Former military assistant to the Secretary of Defense; president, National Defense University. Currently Senior Military Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

General Joseph P. Hoar, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.); Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command

Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Former Director of the Center for Defense Information and currently Chairman, Military Advisory Committee, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities

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