Let me know if you would be interested in delivering this letter to Mike Pompeo. The idea would be to do the delivery a few days after the March 30 anti-NATO rally. Possible dates are April 1st through April 3rd.
April --, 2019
Michael R. Pompeo
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520
Secretary of State Pompeo:
We are a group of peace and justice advocates who are seeking a meeting with you. We are not writing out of enmity, but out of a sincere desire to offer our suggestion that diplomacy rather than threats will help relieve tension and might create stability which will be a benefit for the United States and for other countries.
For example, we appreciate that the Trump administration has engendered hope regarding the policy with North Korea. It is welcome that military exercises with South Korea are unnecessary and provocative and that there is a need for peace agreement to finally be signed.
However, it has to be pointed out that the U.S. is engaging in numerous wars, most notably in Yemen. The military budget is bankrupting the government. The War on Terror has failed miserably. Even allies of the United States have criticized this abhorrent foreign policy of which you are a principal architect. We think you could benefit from a meeting with us where we would share our constructive criticism aimed at radically changing U.S. foreign policy.
You have supported waterboarding and other forms of torture. You criticized the Obama administration for closing "black sites" - secret prisons used to interrogate suspects overseas - and the requirement for interrogators to adhere to anti-torture laws. You are resisting ending US military support for the Saudi-led war on the people of Yemen. You are aware that in Yemen, US interrogators have questioned detainees in secret prisons run by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and UAE-backed Yemeni forces where torture is widespread. You are also a proponent of denying due process to prisoners languishing in Guantanamo.
Like the president, you have embraced many dictatorial regimes, including Egypt, the Philippines, Brazil and of course Saudi Arabia. You have embraced his choices of John Bolton, who has called for the bombing of Iran and North Korea, as national security advisor, and Elliott Abrams, who was involved with death squads in El Salvador and Guatemala, as special envoy for Venezuela.
Now you, Bolton and Abrams are involved in trying to overthrow the government in Venezuela. And at the height of hypocrisy, you have insulted the citizens of Venezuela by declaring Juan Guaido as the interim president. The U.S. sanctions imposed upon Venezuela are hurting the people there much more than the government
Venezuela does not represent a threat to the United States. Instead of trying to destabilize Venezuela, the US should engage in dialogue with the Maduro government to assist the country in these difficult times.
The list of disastrous foreign policy decisions is endless. For example, Trump abrogated the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, and is encouraging the development of “usable” nuclear weapons.
In Poland, you tried to rally various governments worldwide to join the U.S. in making war with Iran. Most European allies ignored your proposal, recognizing that Iran has been complying with the nuclear treaty negotiated with the Obama administration despite Trump’s decision to cancel it. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does support a US invasion of Iran.
The Trump administration cut about $200 million for development projects and humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza. And it cut about $300 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees.
The US has an estimated 800 military bases around the world, all of which contribute to the climate chaos buffeting the world. The Pentagon is the greatest institutional consumer of fossil fuels. For example, Oil Change International estimates the Pentagon’s 2003-2007 $2 trillion Iraq War generated more than three million metric tons of CO2 pollution per month.
It seems that it would be in your best interest to meet with us. We would detail what must be done to bring about a significant change from the current foreign policy morass. Continuing the current policy will only cause more death, destruction, devastation and an immense drain of tax dollars. It is essential to severely cut military spending, end the belligerent threats of other countries, close a majority of the foreign bases, including Guantanamo, stop propping up dictators, show respect for human rights, end arm sales to dictatorial regimes, and engage in dialogue not belligerence. As the Secretary of State, you have an obligation to protect the people of this country. Real security can only happen when tax dollars are reallocated from military spending towards housing, education, environmental regulations, health services, the infrastructure and programs aimed at lifting people out of poverty.
Let us know when you or a representative would be willing to meet with us. We would adjust our schedules to be there.
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