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Senators Feinstein and Leahy Call for New Policy on Use of Cluster Bombs
California Chronicle ^ | 5 SEPT 2006 | California Political Desk

Posted on 09/09/2006 10:32:29 AM PDT by radar101

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today introduced an amendment to the FY 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations bill aimed at preventing hundreds of unnecessary civilian deaths and injuries caused every year by unexploded cluster bombs.

The Cluster Munitions Amendment would prevent funds from being spent to purchase, use, or transfer cluster bombs until the Department of Defense has adopted rules of engagement to ensure that cluster bomb are not used in or near any concentration of civilians.

“Instead of targeting troop formations and enemy armor, unexploded bomblets target innocent civilians, seriously maiming or killing their victims,” Senator Feinstein said. “This runs counter to our values and counter to the laws of war.

Senator Feinstein continued, “The human death toll and injury from these weapons are felt every day. Innocent children think they are picking up a play toy in the field, and suddenly their arm is blown off. We need to adjust our policies on the use of cluster bombs, and we can do so easily.”

“For too long, innocent civilians, not enemy combatants, have suffered the majority of casualties from cluster munitions. The recent experience in Lebanon is only the latest example of the appalling human toll of injury and death. Strict rules of engagement are long overdue, and I hope the Pentagon will support this amendment to ensure that our cluster munitions are not used in civilian areas,” said Senator Leahy.

A cluster munition is a large bomb, rocket or artillery shell that contains hundreds of small submunitions, or individual bomblets. In some cases, up to 40 percent of the bomblets fail to explode and therefore pose a significant danger to civilians long after conflict has ended. In addition, U.S. military forces face thousands of unexploded bomblets as they advance in combat.

Senator Feinstein cited Israel’s recent alleged use of cluster bombs in Lebanon as a factor in proposing this amendment. Throughout southern Lebanon, more than 405 cluster bomb sites containing approximately 100,000 unexploded bomblets have been discovered. Each site covers a radius of 220 yards.

Thirteen people, including three young children, have been killed and 48 injured. So far, more than 2,900 unexploded bomblets have been destroyed in Lebanon but it will take 12 to 15 months to complete the effort.

In addition to the most recent use of cluster bombs, the impact of unexploded cluster bombs on civilian populations has been devastating:

· An estimated 1,220 Kuwaitis and 400 Iraqi civilians have been killed since 1991.

· In Iraq in 2003, 13,000 cluster bombs with nearly 2 million bomblets were used. Combining the first and second Gulf Wars, the total number of unexploded bomblets in the region is approximately 1.2 million.

· In Afghanistan in 2001, 1,228 cluster bombs with 248,056 bomblets were used. Between October 2001 and November 2002, 127 civilians were killed, 70 percent of them under the age of 18.

· In the first Gulf War, 61,000 cluster bombs were used containing 20 million bomblets. Since 1993, unexploded bomblets have killed 1,600 innocent men, women, and children and injured more than 2,500.

· Between nine and 27 million unexploded cluster bombs remain in Laos from U.S. bombing campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s. Approximately 11,000 people, 30 percent of them children, have been killed or injured since the war ended.

“Unexploded cluster bombs fuel anger and resentment and make security, stabilization, and reconstruction efforts that much harder,” Senator Feinstein said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; handwringers; munitions
When was the last time we had an enemy in uniform, in an organized military unit?
1 posted on 09/09/2006 10:32:30 AM PDT by radar101
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To: radar101
When was the last time we had an enemy in uniform, in an organized military unit?
The clown suits worn at the 2004 Dim National Convention.
2 posted on 09/09/2006 10:33:56 AM PDT by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: radar101

Jesus... our goverment tackling the issues that do not matter.. and flushing down the toilet the the ones that do matter... like WoT, Illegals and so on


3 posted on 09/09/2006 10:34:02 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: radar101

Yep, they are more worried about cluster bombs used against the enemy than car bombs used on our troops or flying Claymores used against Israeli citizens.


4 posted on 09/09/2006 10:34:35 AM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: radar101
Senators Feinstein and Leahy Call for New Policy on Use of Cluster Bombs

I can think of at least two places to insert one.

5 posted on 09/09/2006 10:36:11 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: radar101
“The human death toll and injury from these weapons are felt every day.

What's she referring to? Cluster bombs or passenger jets?

6 posted on 09/09/2006 10:36:20 AM PDT by EGPWS
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To: radar101

Disarm now, Sureender now. Roll out the Burkas for the women,... and if the Dims and other lefties fear a 'evangelic theocracy' running the US how will they feel about a Moslem mullah lead theoracy running the country. first of all all the female dems in the government will be kick out and probably killed if they don't convert to islam


7 posted on 09/09/2006 10:37:01 AM PDT by GreyFriar ( (3rd Armored Division - Spearhead))
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To: radar101
Unexploded cluster bombs fuel anger and resentment

Always ready to make excuses for the 'hate America' crowd.
8 posted on 09/09/2006 10:37:33 AM PDT by kinoxi
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To: dirtboy

what about the over 2500 rockets blindly shot into israel? What about the ones ferrying shrapnel? Who and what were they intended for? I know, I know, they were for peaceful purposes.


9 posted on 09/09/2006 10:37:45 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: radar101

The sheer numbers of CBU;s in the article (2,000,000) is a good indication of how much our military depends and uses them.

The Dems are trying their damndest to emasculate our military.

So, what is different?


10 posted on 09/09/2006 10:39:27 AM PDT by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: radar101

The amendment was voted down on September 6 by a 70-30 margin. What a waste of time by the moonbat senators.


11 posted on 09/09/2006 10:40:09 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: radar101

These military experts are right. We should just stick with napalm, WP, and flamethrowers.


12 posted on 09/09/2006 10:41:08 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: radar101

We can't possibly let these people run the country.


13 posted on 09/09/2006 10:41:36 AM PDT by golfisnr1 (look at a map)
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To: radar101

Another set of handcuffs for our military. With "Senators" like these two buffoons, who needs Islamofascists?


14 posted on 09/09/2006 10:42:26 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Socialism/Communism is not "progressive." It dates back to the Neanderthals.)
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To: radar101

The Democratic Party: disarming America since 1972.


15 posted on 09/09/2006 10:45:14 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: peyton randolph

These are two more of the fifth columnists!


16 posted on 09/09/2006 10:46:09 AM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: jazusamo
Still, there were 30 imbeciles and defeatists willing to vote for it, almost 1/3 of the US Senate.

What a pack of mindless gasbags.

17 posted on 09/09/2006 10:46:37 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: radar101

If cluster bombs are really that "ineffectual" why does our military use them?

I don't buy the failure rate is that high.


18 posted on 09/09/2006 10:47:25 AM PDT by Crazieman (The Democratic Party: Culture of Treason)
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To: radar101

The bill should be named the terrorist protection act of 2006.

AKA the Iranian Nuclear Development Act


19 posted on 09/09/2006 10:48:46 AM PDT by rwilson99 (R) South Park)
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To: radar101
Also, IMHO, any such law is clearly unconstitutional.

The Congress cannot use the power of the purse to give specific commands such as ROE's to the troops: this usurps the President's powers as CINC.

20 posted on 09/09/2006 10:49:01 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: pierrem15

Exactly, and every vote for it was a RAT vote.


21 posted on 09/09/2006 10:49:38 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: radar101

Leahey and Finstein, they a two of French members of the US Senate. I'm surprised John Kerry didn't co sponsor this too.


22 posted on 09/09/2006 10:53:09 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: radar101

Ah, the never-ending pursuit of kinder, gentler warfare!

Hey, if they're worried about the unexploded ones, they could always hide 'em in their turbans...


23 posted on 09/09/2006 10:59:10 AM PDT by Migraine (...diversity is great (until it happens to you)...)
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To: peyton randolph

Freeper proudmilitarymrs calls for Use of Cluster Bombs on
Senators Feinstein and Leahy

just kiddin'


24 posted on 09/09/2006 10:59:24 AM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (It's not immigration, it's an invasion!)
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To: radar101

I thought this already got defeated within the past 2-3 days ..?? Why is this story resurfacing now ..??


25 posted on 09/09/2006 11:00:55 AM PDT by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: radar101
Senator Feinstein cited Israel’s recent alleged use of cluster bombs in Lebanon as a factor in proposing this amendment.

All of southern Lebanon was and is one giant Hezbo nest. All of the Hezbo combatants are "civilians" because none wear uniforms. The so-called "innocent civilians" are there to provide cover to the combatant "civilians." Using cluster bombs on them is just as legitimate as fire bombing and nuking the Germans and Japanese was during WWII. This proposed amendment rewards subhuman Islamofascist terrorists for willfully violating the Geneva Convention and using human shields.

26 posted on 09/09/2006 11:09:44 AM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: CyberAnt; radar101
***I thought this already got defeated within the past 2-3 days ..?? Why is this story resurfacing now ..??***

CyberAnt you're right. This is an old article from the 5th, and was posted. It is now old news and a non issue. This thread is just eating bandwidth.

27 posted on 09/09/2006 11:13:23 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: radar101

Clearly, Sens. Feinstein and Leahy haven't forgotten that we cluster-bombed that refugee convoy in the Balkans. It's nice to see that their memories of that incident are still fresh.


28 posted on 09/09/2006 11:13:36 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Condor51; All

This is getting more and more prevelant on this website - more and more TOTALLY IRRELEVANT THREADS are being posted here - and some of them, like this one - are already settled issues.

Seems like the MoveOn and DU people have found a way to distort everything. But .. I will be watching on election day when they go down to A MAJOR DEFEAT again!!


29 posted on 09/09/2006 11:23:20 AM PDT by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: GreyFriar

" first of all all the female dems in the government will be kick out and probably killed if they don't convert to islam"

Convert? Wrong word. Convert would mean change. The only religion of Democrats is Liberal.


30 posted on 09/09/2006 12:25:43 PM PDT by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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Ah.. Rubber bombs could save lives...


31 posted on 09/09/2006 12:35:11 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: radar101

Senator Feinstein, as your constituent, I am asking you to STH out of the military's business. They can do their job without your assistance, thanks.



32 posted on 09/09/2006 1:25:28 PM PDT by bordergal (John)
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To: radar101
Gun control for the US army.

Feinstein is swine.

33 posted on 09/09/2006 1:26:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is a perversion of faith, a lie against human spirit, an obscenity shouted in the face of G_d)
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To: Lazamataz
Since we're dropping these horrible "cluster bombs" on the locations inhabited by the enemy or supporting the enemy -- perhaps the delayed detonation is a design feature included to carry a constant "reminder" to the Jihadists that the "infidels" have or may return....

F'em.

Semper Fi
34 posted on 09/11/2006 8:44:45 AM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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