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Obama blamed for failure of international arms treaty ('stunning cowardice')
The Hill ^ | 7/27/12 | Julian Pecquet

Posted on 07/28/2012 12:51:24 AM PDT by Libloather

Obama blamed for failure of international arms treaty
By Julian Pecquet - 07/27/12 08:26 PM ET

The United Nations indefinitely suspended action on an international arms trade treaty Friday after the United States and several other countries asked for more time.

The decision sparked angry reactions from human rights groups often allied with the Obama administration, who believed a treaty to regulate the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes was within reach. The UN had spent the entire month of July hammering out a deal, and Friday was the deadline for an agreement on a treaty that has met with the staunch opposition of the National Rifle Association and bipartisan concerns in the Senate.

“This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line,” said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It’s a staggering abdication of leadership by the world’s largest exporter of conventional weapons to pull the plug on the talks just as they were nearing an historic breakthrough that would have required all nations to deny arms export licenses where there was an overriding risk that the weapons would be used to facilitate serious crimes against humanity.”

And Scott Stedjan, Oxfam America’s senior policy advisor, called the failure “a tremendous loss for thousands of innocent civilians around the globe who die each year from armed violence fueled by the unregulated transfer of arms.”

U.S. allies also expressed their frustration.

"We came to New York to achieve a strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty. We had expected to adopt such a draft Treaty today. We believe we were very close to reaching our goals,” a group of 90 countries – including the U.K., France and Germany – said in a statement read at the end of the conference. "Compromises have had to be made, but overall the text you put forward yesterday has the overwhelming support of the international community as a base for carrying forward our work. We believed that this would have been possible with extra work today and only very reluctantly now see that this is not possible."

The group held out hope that the UN could still reach consensus on a treaty this year.

Even then, the treaty would almost certainly fail to get the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the U.S. Senate, where 51 senators have already signed on to a letter raising their objection to any treaty that would regulate “small arms" or "light weapons," as the draft treaty does. Proponents of the treaty, which include the National Association of Evangelicals, say there is nothing in the treaty that is incompatible with Second Amendment gun rights.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ai; amnestyintl; arms; banglist; coward; nae; oxfam; oxfamamerica; treaty
the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes

Hussein may need that now and again.

1 posted on 07/28/2012 12:51:35 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
“a tremendous loss for thousands of innocent civilians around the globe who die each year from armed violence fueled by the unregulated transfer of arms.”

somebody needs to transfer some arms to those innocent civillians.

2 posted on 07/28/2012 1:10:41 AM PDT by RC one (this space intentionally left blank)
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To: Libloather

Re “stunning cowardice”, I can only guess that Obama was on the same page with the Kumbaya crowd, as they saw it, but is now suddenly feeling the electoral heat from the gun toting right, and doesn’t want to take a stand.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 1:12:43 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Libloather

Hussein certainly wants to confiscate Americans’ guns, and this treaty was designed to enable that. But there are still too many IslamoNazis around the world who may need arms from Hussein.

Hussein is every bit as evil as Hitler or Stalin—but they didn’t have to contend with the internet or talk radio, or, most important of all, an armed population. I am hopeful that Hussein, though he wants to destroy the U.S. and inundate it with Third World hordes, is just too stupid, lazy, and incompetent to get the job done before November 6th.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 1:24:24 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Libloather

It will be Bush’s or Mitts fault!


5 posted on 07/28/2012 1:27:17 AM PDT by NoLibZone (I am with: Sarah, Bachmann, Santorum, Herman Cain, Dick Cheney, W, Rush on Mitt in 2012)
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To: Libloather

Proponents of the treaty, which include the National Association of Evangelicals, say there is nothing in the treaty that is incompatible with Second Amendment gun rights.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 1:38:31 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Libloather

(Proponents of the treaty, which include the National Association of Evangelicals, say there is nothing in the treaty that is incompatible with Second Amendment gun rights.)

If they believe that they had better re-read the US Constitution.


7 posted on 07/28/2012 1:39:35 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Libloather
Dear Julian Pecquet, given the sheer amount of blaming that ObamaIdiot and his merry goons of suppoerters have issed in the past 4 years, I call it karma that he is now being blamed for something.... =.=
8 posted on 07/28/2012 2:00:47 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Libloather

this will be brought back up within weeks


9 posted on 07/28/2012 2:01:06 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

then they are morons if they truly believe that


10 posted on 07/28/2012 2:02:10 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

September. The committee lead said they would be back in September and they *would* have a treaty in 2012.

We have a breather, nothing more.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 2:05:26 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: GeronL

It is only delayed until after the election so that he can arm-twist Senators...


12 posted on 07/28/2012 2:32:14 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Spktyr

there’s still the other Treaty deal in the works that would affect families with children and the disabled...


13 posted on 07/28/2012 2:38:32 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

I think the gun treaty was proposed to draw attention off of this other treaty.


14 posted on 07/28/2012 2:39:49 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Libloather

“a treaty to regulate the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes “?
This is a horsecrap statement. The treaty was meant to take away citizens right to have and transfer small arms and to enable governments to be more able to make their citizens subjects.


15 posted on 07/28/2012 3:28:43 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Joe Boucher
To make radical changes to our system ( which they have a plan in motion as we can all see) they need to know we cannot come back at them. This is what it's all about. Disarm the public and you now have total control with no chance of serious reprisals when thier utopian society is put into effect. It is not over and we must be diligent and never go back to sleep again
16 posted on 07/28/2012 3:40:58 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Libloather
Proponents of the treaty..say there is nothing in the treaty that is incompatible with Second Amendment gun rights.

There is also nothing in the Constitution that allows a pResident to ignore Immigration law but we see how that is working out.

17 posted on 07/28/2012 3:44:09 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Even being apart of an organization like the UN is in and of itself unconstitutionsl. Get U.S. Out of the United Nations!


18 posted on 07/28/2012 3:56:16 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: Libloather

It is more than possible Obama does not not need another arrow in the quiver of his enemies. After his gigantic screw-up with his “you didn’t build that”, his precarious position in the polls is guiding his decisions. If he signs the UN treaty, he will certainly lose a lot of Dems who are for gun rights.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 4:11:20 AM PDT by David Isaac
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To: GeronL

Within seconds of his next Inauguration.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 4:12:13 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
Within seconds of his next Inauguration.

Well, he will have more flexibility then...

21 posted on 07/28/2012 4:27:25 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: ronnie raygun

I am really surprised we haven’t seen more of these politicians and judges killed by crazies when they take such obvious anti citizen stances


22 posted on 07/28/2012 4:29:33 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

THEY are full of crap!

LLS


23 posted on 07/28/2012 4:45:43 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Libloather

24 posted on 07/28/2012 4:46:21 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Southack
I do not think he will have to arm twist.

If he loses he will sign the treaty and then Dingy Harry will call a session late at night and get just enough Dems to have a quorum. They will then get the needed votes to implement the treaty.

If he wins he will still sign the treaty and the Senate will still do the same as above.

Either way we may be screwed.

25 posted on 07/28/2012 5:12:19 AM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: Libloather

“The decision sparked angry reactions from human rights groups often allied with the Obama administration, “

They need to chill. He has every intention of signing after November.


26 posted on 07/28/2012 5:39:05 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: dr_lew

Bingo! That’s exactly what happened.


27 posted on 07/28/2012 6:00:01 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Travis McGee
Hey, Matt, you look like you've been having fun lately. Unlike those poor folks in those pics...

Scary, what brainwashed fools so many of our countrymen have become. And how typical, too, how they parade it as a badge of honor.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

28 posted on 07/28/2012 7:55:17 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Libloather

Once again nobama disappoints his base. More! More! Let “stunning cowardice” rule the land.


29 posted on 07/28/2012 9:31:44 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Libloather
Another farce sponsored by European leftists and their fascist allies in Russia and China to be used to harass the United States-- you can bet that whatever illegal leakage of civilian arms outside the US exists will be subject to endless UN complaining and lawsuits by the enemies within (like the scum 'defending' the terrorists in Guantanamo by releasing the identities of their interrogators).

It will of course do nothing to penalize the worst supporters of murderous regimes and violators of UN arms sanctions-- Russia and China.

30 posted on 07/28/2012 12:52:37 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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