Skip to comments.Senator Calls Treaty a "Disaster" For America
Posted on 10/07/2007 12:47:54 AM PDT by river rat
Liberal Senate Democrats and the U.S. State Department are desperate to get the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty ratified. But Senator David Vitter, a conservative Republican, keeps getting in the way. Through skillful questioning during Thursday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, the Louisiana Republican got a leading treaty supporter to acknowledge that America's enemies can manipulate the process of mandatory dispute settlement under the treaty so that the United Nations Secretary-General plays the key role in the outcome. Vitter called this a "recipe for disaster" for America and urged more hearings into the treaty's flaws.
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During Congressional hearings -- State Department "experts" resort to lying to garner support....
One has to wonder, exactly which "State" our State Department represents!
When you have a navy like our Navy, the “law of the sea” is already nine points on your side.
Then, a “Treaty” is inappropriate...
Unconditional Surrender should be the operative document...
Be nice.....It’s WAY past my bedtime...
I’m sure the adult beverages had nothing to do with my spelling.....
There’s no excuse for misspeeling.
Sounds repugnant to me. Not in pursuance to the supreme law. Time to put the Enumerated Powers Act on the front burner and settle this once and for all. We didn't give congress the power to yield our sovereignty or surrender our Constitution to a foreign power.
I'm sure the supreme court would toss this treaty, right?
Condoleeza Rice is the only State Dept. employee I trust. The department seems pinko.
Both my senators are hard-core Marxists, and asking them to oppose this treaty would be like asking Kim Jong-il to serve his slaves steak and potatoes.
“Condoleeza Rice is the only State Dept. employee I trust.”
Then you might care to read this;
i get a continuous case of bewilderment when i read all this crap...how can anyone of any conservative bent, feel there is anything worthwhile in this surrender document?????
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians about the issues that matter most to them.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was adopted in 1982 with the goal of managing the use of our ocean resources, while promoting cooperative arrangements among countries with conflicting claims to oil exploration, fishing rights and other commodities such as diamonds and tin. In 1994, the Convention was modified to address outstanding U.S. concerns and the United States has subsequently been in voluntary compliance with the entire Convention; accession to the treaty would not result in any changes to current U.S. domestic or foreign policy.
Some of my constituents have reservations about the United States ratifying the Law of the Seas treaty, and I take those concerns seriously. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I pledge to study this issue carefully and listen to my colleagues and legal experts before voting to send the treaty to the full Senate for consideration.
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Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.
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Condi is part of the problem now. She’s been completely subverted by the career Communists within DOS.
And some good background information:
The treaty touches on many various subjects and areas of concern, e.g., sovereignty issues, environmental restrictions, royalties (taxes) to be paid to the Seabed Authority, redistribution of wealth to undeveloped countries, sharing of technology, resolution of disputes, and more.
One aspect of the treaty that peaked my interest but has received virtually no attention is the "Enterprise". The treaty would create the "Enterprise", a multinational corporation, wholly owned by the Seabed Commission, to engage in exploration and mining operations for the benefit of the Authority and funded in part by the royalties paid by member states. This is the first time that I can think of that the UN has sought to create a business enterprise that would actually compete with businesses of its member states.
Yeah, and the UN’s “business” would be subsidized by us and private enterprise. They’d end up putting everyone else out of business, because they would not have any overhead(we would pay it) and they would never lose money.
This treaty is one of the many reasons I viewed the 2006 election results as such a debacle.
You must be from Michigan?
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Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being.- Lord Acton
Don’t forget that the UN makes the rules and the UN can change the rules anytime.
Employee? Isn't she in charge? They follow her lead.
Pure BS. The State Department works for the WH. It is not an independent actor. The State Department represents what the WH wants. If State is trying to "garner support," it is because the WH wants it. I am always amazed how many times people try to make the State Department the scapegoat when they disagree with a WH decision on foreign policy.
Condi does what the WH wants her to do, not what State Department career employees have brainwashed her into doing.
Now, THAT'S the purest BS...
You need to get out more....
I am a retired Foreign Service Officer who worked for the State Department for 28 years. You haven't the slightest clue about how the foreign policy of the United States is formulated and implemented.
That explains a LOT....
This original exchange began when I questioned which STATE the State Department represented.
You responded that the State Department "works for the White House".
The MISSION STATEMENT of the Department of State, reads:
Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.
It doesn't say be a rubber stamp for the President - whoever that loony sonuvabitch might be...
I would like to think that they have MORE than a fiduciary responsibility to ensure the best interests of AMERICANS are first best served.
The State Department, like DOD and the CIA, is part of the Executive Branch, which is under the authority of the WH. The State Department is just one of the foreign affairs agencies. It does not have the final or greatest say on the formulation of foreign policy. In fact, the NSC, DOD, and the CIA usually have more influence on foreign policy than State. And the buck stops in the WH Once the policy is determined, State implements it and defends it.
The idea that the State Department is autonomous or can oppose the President publicly is sheer nonsense. In that regard, they are just like DOD. The President is an elected official accountable to the people. And he appoints the top level people confirmed by Congress to run the Department.