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Letter from National College of Security Leaders. (who are probably Bush and Obama castaways) --->
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Dear Mr. President,

We write to you to express our deep concern with the current escalation with Iran in the Arabian Gulf. The mutual animosity between the United States and Iran, the accelerated deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region, and reports of Iranian preparations for attacks on U.S. military and diplomatic facilities are highly concerning and make for a potentially deadly confrontation. A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized Middle East and drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost.

As national security professionals with extensive careers in the U.S. armed forces and diplomatic service, we have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control. The lack of direct communication between U.S. and Iranian political and military leaders during a time of heightened rhetoric only increases the possibility of a miscalculation resulting in unintended military conflict. Washington and Tehran are talking past each other and taking actions the other views as dangerously provocative at best and the beginning of forceful action at worst.

We were heartened by your reported desire to avoid war with Iran in favor of other tools, including common-sense diplomacy. While economic sanctions against Iran have had the beneficial effect of reducing financial support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, these, as well as military threats against Iran have thus far proved ineffective in changing the regime's behavior and have likely reaffirmed the beliefs of Tehran's hardline elements that compromise with the United States is impossible.

As President and Commander-in-Chief, you have considerable power at your disposal to immediately reduce the dangerous levels of regional tension. Crisis de-escalation measures should be established with the Iranian leadership at the senior levels of government as a prelude to exploratory diplomacy on matters of mutual concern. The protection of U.S. national interests in the Middle East and the safety of our friends and allies requires thoughtful statesmanship and aggressive diplomacy rather than unnecessary armed conflict.

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Rear Adm. Sandy Adams, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Ricardo Aponte, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Vice Adm. Donald Arthur, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Roosevelt Barfield, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Cheney, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Julia Cleckley, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Herman J. Cohen (ret.) | Rear Adm. Christopher Cole, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Peter Cooke, U.S. Army (ret.) | Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. James H. Doty Jr, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Mari K Eder, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Robert J. Felderman, U.S. Army (ret.) | Vice Adm. Michael Franken, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Robert A. Glacel, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Stephen Glass, JAGC, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Vice Adm. Kevin P. Green, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Irv Halter, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Rear Adm. Jan Hamby. U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Bob Harding, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Charles Harr, MD, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Rear Adm. Len Hering, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Donald D. Harvel, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Major General Sanford E. Holman, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Richard Holwill, (ret.) | Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, (ret.) | Ambassador Cameron Hume, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. David R. Irvine, U.S. Army (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Arlen D. Jameson, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Ambassador Dennis Jett, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. John H. Johns, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Steven J. Lepper, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Phil Leventis, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Donald Loranger, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Randy Manner, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Edward Marks, (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Martin, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Carlos E. Martinez, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Mr. J. R. McBrien, Senior Executive Service, Treasury (ret.) | Lt. Gen. John W. Morgan III, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. David Morris, U.S. Army (ret.) | Adm. John Nathman, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. J. Scott O€™️Meara, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Rear Adm. David Oliver, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Richard G. Olson, (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Charles P. Otstott, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Glenn Phillips, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. John Phillips, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, U.S. Army (ret.) | Ambassador Charles Ray, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Ronald Rokosz, U.S. Army (ret.) | Brig. Gen. John M. Schuster, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Joe Sestak, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Paul Smith, U.S. Army (ret.) | Rear Adm. Michael E. Smith, U.S. Navy (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Francis X. Taylor, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Maj. Gen. F. Andrew Turley, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Ambassador Edward Walker, (ret.) | Brig. Gen. George Walls, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. John Watkins, U.S. Army (ret.) | Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Dan Woodward, U.S. Air Force (ret.) | Brig. Gen. Stephen N. Xenakis, U.S. Army (ret.) | Maj. Gen. David T. Zabecki, U.S. Army (ret.) |

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If anyone would know about what it takes to destabilize the middle east, it would be the Bushes, and the Muslim Obama.

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Reckon so. And their guy Bolton.....
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BS - Military leaders don't make policy!

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Perhaps th epresident keeps Bolton around to work as a foil...just to keep the mullahs guessing..and off balance.

I have no doubts however, that the president is still the commander-in-chief.

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Communication , yes nothing says shut the ____ up and sit down like a carrier strike force off your coast. Trump uses rattlesnake deplomacy . He is willing to leave you alone until he feels threatened then the rattle starts followed closely by a strike.
And no I don't care how many in Iran will die if a war stArts because no one is innocent. Those who shoot are backed up by those who provide beans and bullets. It should be like in Bible days when you go to war you destory the enemy to the last person so they can't cause you a problem again.
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Communication , yes nothing says shut the ____ up and sit down like a carrier strike force off your coast. Trump uses rattlesnake deplomacy . He is willing to leave you alone until he feels threatened then the rattle starts followed closely by a strike.
And no I don't care how many in Iran will die if a war stArts because no one is innocent. Those who shoot are backed up by those who provide beans and bullets. It should be like in Bible days when you go to war you destory the enemy to the last person so they can't cause you a problem again.
Then you pull a Roman on them if they were really bad. You poison their fields so any survivors can't grow
anymore crops for a couple of years.
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I'm hoping there ain't another war.
My boys are out of the service now, but a bunch of other folks kids are.

However, if we're gonna have to fight, let's win big, let's win quick, and let's leave the wreckage to rot.

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BS - Military leaders don't make policy!
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Looks like they're all retired mil and diplomatic personnel; which makes them citizens now, collectively giving their opinion to the president. Hopefully they tamp down Yosemite Bolton the neocon hawk.
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How about all of those folk jump on a boat and head for Iran. I bet they can talk those Iranians into backing right down....or they could get shot to pieces the minute they stepped off the boat....or they could end up compromising everything and give them whatever they want and call it a victory.

WHEN HAS DIPLOMACY WITH TERRORISTS EVER WORKED?
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