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letter to the President Nov 7. 2013.pdf

letter to the President Nov 7. 2013.pdf

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A bipartisan group of 79 former military and diplomatic leaders, intelligence officials, policymakers, and senior security experts sent a letter to President Obama applauding efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear standoff.

The letter coincides with a new round of negotiations between Iran and the U.S. and allies. Many expect the talks to result in concrete steps toward an agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear activities.

"The hard work of diplomacy begins now," the authors write in the letter to the president. "We support this new policy [of engagement] and pledge to help our fellow Americans appreciate the ambitious and transformative course you have chosen to build a more peaceful and more cooperative environment in the Middle East."
A bipartisan group of 79 former military and diplomatic leaders, intelligence officials, policymakers, and senior security experts sent a letter to President Obama applauding efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear standoff.

The letter coincides with a new round of negotiations between Iran and the U.S. and allies. Many expect the talks to result in concrete steps toward an agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear activities.

"The hard work of diplomacy begins now," the authors write in the letter to the president. "We support this new policy [of engagement] and pledge to help our fellow Americans appreciate the ambitious and transformative course you have chosen to build a more peaceful and more cooperative environment in the Middle East."

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 The President of the United States of America  The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  Washington, DC 20500 November 7, 2013 Dear Mr. President,  We applaud your decision to use diplomacy vigorously in an effort to reach agreements with Iran, particularly given President Hassan Rouhani's apparent openness to greater transparency and internationally-accepted and verifiable limits on Iran's nuclear program. The hard work of diplomacy begins now. Decades of distrust and lack of contact between the two countries will complicate the task of reaching agreements that will provide us the assurance we require that Iran's nuclear program will be used only for peaceful purposes.  You will undoubtedly face opposition to your decision to engage Iran. We support this new policy and pledge to help our fellow Americans appreciate the ambitious and transformative course you have chosen to build a more peaceful and more cooperative environment in the Middle East.  The diplomatic option is the right one at this time in view of the initiatives taken by the Iranian government that were made possible in part by your past policies. We wish you well in this constructive and important new undertaking. Respectfully,
 Morton Abramowitz 
, former Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey
 Michael Armacost 
, former Ambassador to Japan and the Philippines
Brian Atwood,
former Under Secretary of State and Administrator of USAID
Robert Mason Beecroft,
 former Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  John Beyrle 
, former Ambassador to Russia and Bulgaria
Hamid Biglari 
, former Vice Chairman of Citigroup
Barbara K. Bodine,
former Ambassador to Yemen
  Avis Bohlen 
, former Ambassador to Bulgaria and former Assistant Secretary for Arms Control
Richard Boucher 
, former Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Ambassador to Cyprus
Kenneth L. Brown 
, former Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Republic of Congo
Peter Burleigh 
, former Ambassador for Counter-terrorism and to the United Nations, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Wendy Chamberlin,
former Ambassador to Pakistan
 Stephen Cheney 
, Brigadier General of the Unites States Marine Corps (RET)
 
 
 Joseph Cirincione 
, President, Ploughshares Fund
 Elinor Constable,
former Ambassador to Kenya
 William Courtney 
, former Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Georgia
 Chester A, Crocker,
former Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs
 Ryan Crocker 
, former Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan
Walter Cutler,
former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Zaire
 Suzanne DiMaggio
, Asia Society
Theodore L. Eliot Jr,
former Ambassador to Afghanistan
  Nancy Ely-Raphel 
, former Ambassador to Slovenia
Bill Farrand,
former Ambassador to Papua New Guinea
 Leslie H. Gelb 
, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
Robert S. Gelbard 
, former Ambassador to Indonesia
 Edward W. Gnehm,
former Ambassador to Kuwait, Jordan and Australia
 Lee H. Hamilton 
, former member of the United States House of Representatives
William Harrop
, former Ambassador to Israel and State Department Inspector General
Stephen Heintz 
, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Christopher Hill 
, former Ambassador to Iraq, Macedonia, Poland and Korea
Carla Hills 
, former U.S. Trade Representative and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Heather M. Hodges,
former Ambassador to Ecuador and Moldova
  Allen Holmes,
former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict
 William J. vanden Heuvel,
former Ambassador to the United Nations
 Thomas L. Hughes,
former Assistant Secretary of State (INR)
 Robert Hunter 
, former Ambassador to NATO
Dennis Jett 
, former Ambassador to Peru and Mozambique
 James R. Jones,
former US Ambassador to Mexico
 Richard D. Kauzlarich,
former Ambassador to Azerbaijan
 Daniel Kurtzer 
, former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt
Bruce Laingen,
former Ambassador to Malta
 George W. Landau 
, former Ambassador to Chile, Venezuela and Paraguay
 John Limbert 
, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran and former Ambassador to Mauritania
Frank Loy,
former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
 William H. Luers 
, former Ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia
Princeton Lyman,
former Ambassador to Nigeria and South Africa
 Jessica T. Mathews 
, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 Jack Matlock,
former Ambassador to the Soviet Union
 Richard McCormack
, former Ambassador to the Organization of American States and Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs
Thomas E. McNamara,
former Ambassador to Columbia and former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
William B. Milam 
, former Ambassador to Pakistan and Bangladesh
Thomas Miller 
, former Ambassador to Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina
William G. Miller 
, former Ambassador to Ukraine
Cameron Munter,
former Ambassador to Pakistan
 Richard Murphy 
, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Syria, the Philippines

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