|By Admin1 (admin) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 7:06 pm: Edit Post|
Here is the letter Former Director Jack Hood Vaughn has written to the President about the nomination of Gaddi Vasquez as Peace Corps Director:
December 5, 2001
George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C 20500
Dear Mr. President:
My life and career have been dedicated to the service of my country, as a Marine in World War II, U.S. Ambassador to Panama and Colombia, Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, Coordinator of the Alliance for Progress and, most importantly, Director of the Peace Corps. As the first Republican director, it shocks me that a man of your obvious integrity and conviction would have been so ill-advised as to nominate Gaddi Vasquez for that challenging position; he is so obviously a man of limited talent and experience. After examining his record and listening to his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the most generous description one could provide is that he has achieved the status of political hack.
As difficult as times often were for the Peace Corps during Vietnam and the Cold War, the present terrorist climate calls for an extraordinarily seasoned and talented Peace Corps leader. Mr. Vasquez is clearly not that person. On behalf of many former Peace Corps directors, staff and Volunteers, I urge you to reconsider this unfortunate decision.
Jack H. Vaughn