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Profile: John Brady Kiesling

 
  

Positions that John Brady Kiesling has held:

  • Political Counselor to the American embassy in Greece


 

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Quote, May 2003

   “The intelligence information we had was crap. We didn't know whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” [Associated Press, 5/25/03]

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John Brady Kiesling actively participated in the following events:

 
  

Late February 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat of 20 years, resigns from his post as a political counselor at the United States Embassy in Athens, citing his opposition to the administration's Iraq policy. In his faxed letter to Colin Powell—a copy of which is obtained by the New York Times—Kiesling writes, “Our fervent pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy that has been America's most potent weapon of both offense and defense since the days of Woodrow Wilson.” Asked by the New York Times, how others in the State Department feel about Bush's plans to invade Iraq, he explains: “No one of my colleagues is comfortable with our policy. Everyone is moving ahead with it as good and loyal. The State Department is loaded with people who want to play the team game—we have a very strong premium on loyalty.” After Kiesling's resignation, two more US diplomats will resign, John Brown, PhD. (see March 10, 2003), and Mary Wright (see March 19, 2003). [New York Times, 2/27/03 Sources: John Brady Kiesling's letter of resignation to Colin Powell]
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August 18, 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       Brady Kiesling, a former political counselor at the US embassy in Athens who resigned from his post in protest of the invasion of Iraq (see Late February 2003), writes in an open letter published in the Greek daily, To Vima, that President George W. Bush is a “very weak” man and that his decision to invade Iraq had been made under pressure from Donald Rumsfeld, who used the war to increase his own power. “Easy to convince, (Bush) blindly believed in Rumsfeld's assurances that the occupation of Iraq would pay for itself,” the former diplomat writes. [AFP, 8/17/003 Sources: John Brady Kiesling]
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