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Some of the leading opponents of the Law of the Sea have, ironically, feel very strongly that we should trust the judgments of military personnel on military matters.
"I don't think it's too much to expect for our leaders in Washington to keep an open mind and get the facts before drawing their conclusions. I, like the other 534 members of Congress, am not a General and do not presume to be. That is why I will yield to the judgement of a competent, objective, military leader in forming my opinion..." - at Captain's Quarters blog, 9/17/2007
Jim DeMint, who is fast establishing himself as the George Allen of the 110th Congress with his instinctive opposition to international institutions and problems keeping facts straight (he suggested at one point in today's Law of the Sea hearing that the U.S. is fulfilling its obligations under Kyoto while others are freeloading):
The Washington Post has been a supporter of the Burmese people for years and what they have to say on the current stand off matters. However, while I agree with the WP that the EU and the US acted well in collectively pushing for the UN Security Council to consider sanctions, I disagree that failure to secure Security Council action can be blamed only on Russia and China .
U.N. basher John Bolton has supposedly been talking to the very conserative Senate Republican Steering Group, a shadowy entity that does not appear in the congressional directory and is headed by Senator Jim DeMint. Bolton was there to hammer on the Law of the Sea convention, which is slowly working its way towards ratification.
Today the ultra right wing group America's Survival ran an anti-treaty ad on a major cable channel.
Why are these unilateralist so upset about a treaty that is supported by President Bush and the Pentagon?
For the very same reason that GlobalSolutions.org is supporting ratification. Doing so will signal the beginning of a United States swing back towards multilateralism and international law.
If the Senate will not accede to this convention, how can we expect them to support the ratification of the backlog of multilateral treaties waiting for a vote including:, the International Criminal Court treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Women's Convention (CEDAW), the Rights of the Child, the Biodiversity Treaty, and many others. What will happen when it is time for the Senate to consider the successor to the Kyoto protocol, which runs out in 2012?
So here's the latest statement from The Governor about Ahmadinejad and the United Nations...
Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement regarding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly:
"Today's General Assembly address by Iran's President Ahmadinejad represents a failure of the United Nations to live up to its founding principles. Ahmadinejad has threatened the extinction of another member state, Israel. He not only speaks of genocide, but is pursuing a nuclear program that will provide him with the tools of genocide. Iran's treatment of women and minorities is abominable, as is its support for terror.
"Sadly, the Democratic presidential candidates have failed to strongly speak out against the UN's and Columbia University's decision to host Ahmadinejad's propaganda tour, in spite of the regime's record of human rights violations and the threat they pose to the world. We must continue to work to isolate Iran, just as we did with Apartheid South Africa, in order to bring about change."
And the purposes of the United Nations, according to the Article 1 of the UN Charter, are:
The Washington Times, too many presidential candidates, and far too many bloggers (to even hyperlink one) were less than supportive of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to NYC, including speeches at United Nations and Columbia University.
Honestly, I just don't understand what all the commotion is about. The Bush Adminsitration has eviscerated the U.S. Constitution, but we still nominally have the right to free speech, so let the bad man speak. Not because you agree with the cruel, hateful, intolerant, ridiculous ideas and policies he has to offer (and they are all too often cruel, hateful, intolerant, ridiculous ideas and policies), but because you know that those ideas will never stand the rigor of intellectual exploration and scientific investigation. No Holocaust? No homosexuality? And so on and so forth.
Must we, once again, go to Hollywood for a lesson in democracy and American values? For today's lesson, not just any America-hatin', (probably) flag-burnin', non-traditional-family supportin' liberal will do either. We need, none other than, pre-West Wing Aaron Sorkin! Without futher ado, I give you The American President...
Christian Science Monitor, "U.N. Revs Up Over Global Warming":
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. - The annual summertime retreat of the Arctic icecap, greater this year than perhaps at any time during the 20th century. The nightmare of intensifying storms in some areas and extended drought in others, already taking place in developing countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
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