More than 100 former American ambassadors are endorsing John McCain and Sarah Palin for president and vice president.
To be announced by the McCain campaign later this week, the endorsements counter Barack Obama’s claims that McCain is inflexible when it comes to diplomacy and negotiations with other countries, Newsmax has learned.
Obama has specifically said that in contrast to McCain, he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other world dictators to negotiate, without preconditions.
“Senator Obama does not have sufficient leadership experience, nor has he been tested in difficult times,” said Mark W. Erwin, a Democrat and former Hillary Clinton supporter who is a co-chairman of Former U.S. Ambassadors for McCain/Palin. Erwin was ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius.
Endorsing McCain are Howard Baker, who was ambassador to Japan; former President George H.W. Bush, who was ambassador to the United Nations; Frank C. Carlucci III, who was ambassador to Portugal; and Jim Nicholson, who was ambassador to the Vatican.
Others endorsing McCain are Bruce Gelb, former ambassador to Belgium; Margaret Heckler, who was ambassador to Ireland; John L. Loeb, Denmark; Ed Ney, Canada; and Julia Chang Bloch, Nepal.
Former Ambassador Gilbert A. Robinson spearheaded the formation of the group. Besides Erwin, the other co-chairman is former Ambassador to Sweden Gregory J. Newell. Robinson was special adviser to Secretary of State George Shultz, director of the Office of Public Diplomacy, and deputy director of the U.S. Information Agency under President Reagan. Newell was an assistant to President Ford and assistant secretary of state under Reagan.
Such designations carry ambassadorial rank and require Senate confirmation.
“Nobody could ask for a greater show of confidence,” McCain said in a statement to be released to the press. “These former ambassadors are outstanding men and women who have served their country in foreign lands with great distinction and devotion to the values we hold dear. They have a deep knowledge of the challenges facing this country abroad as well as at home. I am honored by their endorsement.”
The former ambassadors endorsing McCain are Weston Adams, Malawi; Thomas H. Anderson, Barbados; Leonore Annenberg, chief of protocol; Cresencio Arcos Jr., Honduras; George Argyros, Spain; Catherine Todd Bailey, Latvia; Howard H. Baker Jr., Japan; Douglas H. Barclay, El Salvador; Stuart A. Bernstein, Denmark; Everett E. Bierman, New Guinea; Julia Chang Bloch, Nepal; Stephen F. Brauer, Belgium; Keith Lapham Brown, Lesotho and Denmark; Richard R. Burt, Germany; George H.W. Bush, United Nations and U.S. Liaison Office (Beijing); William J. Cabaniss Jr., Czech Republic; Richard G. Capen Jr., Spain; Richard W. Carlson, Seychelles; Frank C. Carlucci III, Portugal; Bruce Chapman, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Sue McCourt Cobb, Jamaica; Charles E. Cobb Jr., Iceland.
Also Walter J.P. Curley, Ireland and France; Peter H. Dailey, Ireland, special envoy to NATO countries; Richard J. Egan, Ireland; Mark L. Edelman, Cameroon; Donald Burnham Ensenat, Brunei, chief of protocol; Mark Erwin, Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of the Seychelles, and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros; Richard M. Fairbanks III, ambassador-at-large; William S. Farish III, United Kingdom, Versailles; Edward R. Finch Jr., Panama; David Funderburk, Romania; John R. Gavin, Mexico; Bruce S. Gelb, U.S. Information Agency (USIA), Belgium; Joseph B. Gildenhorn, Switzerland; Anthony H. Gioia, Malta; Luis Guinot Jr., Costa Rica.
Also Margaret M. Heckler, Ireland; Charles A. Heimbold Jr., Sweden; Hans H. Hertell, Dominican Republic; Alfred Hoffman Jr., Portugal; Charles W. Hostler, Bahrain; Philip Hughes, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Jon M. Huntsman Jr., Singapore; Robert S. Ingersoll, Japan; James C. Kenny, Ireland; Alfred H. Kingon, European Union; Lester B. Korn, UN Economic and Social Council; Tom C. Korologos, Belgium; Mary E. Kramer, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean; Paul C. Lambert, Ecuador; L.W. Lane Jr., ambassador-at-large and Australia and Nauru; Mark Langdale, Costa Rica; Howard Leach, France; Melvyn Levitsky, Bulgaria and Brazil; John L. Loeb Jr., Denmark; Earle I. Mack, Finland.
Also Susan Rasinski McCaw, Austria; Thomas Patrick Melady, Burundi, Uganda, Holy See; J. William Middendorf II, Netherlands, Organization of American States (OAS), European Union; John A. Miller, ambassador-at-large; Steve Minikes, Commission on Cooperation and Security in Europe (CSCE); Thomas A. Nassif, Morocco; Gregory J. Newell, Sweden; Edward N. Ney, Canada; Jim C. Nicholson, Holy See; Herman W. Nickle, South Africa; Julian M. Niemczyk, Czechoslovakia; Keith Foote Nyborg, Finland; John D. Ong, Norway; Penne Korth Peacock, Mauritius; Joseph Carlton Petrone, UN European Office; Charles J. Pilliod, Mexico; John Price, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros.
Also Charles H. Price II, Belgium, United Kingdom; James W. Rawlings, Zimbabwe; Otto J. Reich, Venezuela; Mercer Reynolds, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Gilbert A. Robinson, special adviser to the secretary of state; Joe M. Rodgers, France; Sig Rogich, Iceland; John Rood, Bahamas; Francis L. Rooney III, Holy See; Bob Royall, Tanzania; Rockwell A. Schnabel, Finland, European Union; Peter F. Secchia, Italy; Martin J. Silverstein, Uruguay; Marion H. Smoak, chief of protocol; Ronald J. Sorini, chief textile negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Michael G. Sotirhos, Jamaica.
Also Robert D. Stuart Jr., Norway; Charles J. Swindells, New Zealand and Samoa; Peter Terpeluk Jr., Luxembourg; Timothy L. Towell, Paraguay; Rodolphe M. Vallee, Slovak Republic; Leon J. Weil, Nepal; John G. Weinmann, Finland, chief of protocol; Ronald N. Weiser, Slovak Republic; Pamela P. Willeford, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Richard Williamson, assistant secretary, ambassador IAEA; Curtin Winsor Jr., Costa Rica; Dr. Aldona Z. Wos, Estonia; and Joseph Zappala, Spain.
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