Skip to comments.Obama blamed for failure of international arms treaty ('stunning cowardice')
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. Its a staggering abdication of leadership by the worlds 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 Americas 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.
Hussein may need that now and again.
somebody needs to transfer some arms to those innocent civillians.
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.
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.
It will be Bush’s or Mitts fault!
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.
(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.
this will be brought back up within weeks
then they are morons if they truly believe that
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.
It is only delayed until after the election so that he can arm-twist Senators...
there’s still the other Treaty deal in the works that would affect families with children and the disabled...
I think the gun treaty was proposed to draw attention off of this other treaty.
“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.
There is also nothing in the Constitution that allows a pResident to ignore Immigration law but we see how that is working out.
Even being apart of an organization like the UN is in and of itself unconstitutionsl. Get U.S. Out of the United Nations!
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.
Within seconds of his next Inauguration.
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