Col. (ret.) Ann Wright spent 29 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.
In 1987, Col. Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, at the time the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments include Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua.
On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation would be a violation of international law. She was one of only three persons who resigned from the U.S. government in opposition to the Iraq war. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She has an MA a law degree from the University of Arkansas, and an MA in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College.
Areas of Expertise
- Israel-Palestine conflict
- Africa / Latin America
- Drone warfare
- U.S. Nuclear Policy
- Matthew Hoh: What critics of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan get wrongWhen President Joe Biden announced that US forces will leave Afghanistan by September 11 2021, the objections and remonstrations were swift. As retired Marine combat veteran Matthew Hoh writes in CNN, “these protests are nearly all disingenuous, false and specious, and meant to utilize fear to continue a tragic and purposeless war.”
- Christian Sorenson: The ridiculous amount of money we spend on the US military is actually making our country less safeImagine you’re President Joe Biden. You need $2 trillion dollars to fund one of your stated priorities – infrastructure. You learn of a war plane, the F-35 Lightning II, that would cost as much as $1.7 trillion to buy, field and maintain over the next 50 years. It’s $200 billion over budget, and more than ten years behind schedule. What do you do?
- How American Politics Got Troops Stuck—and Killed—in AfghanistanFor retired combat officer Erik Edstrom, it took less than two months to realize that America’s war in Afghanistan was a complete disaster.