Skip to comments.No Time to Get LOST
Posted on 12/21/2012 9:28:04 AM PST by Kaslin
It is an outrage.
The source of Defense Secretary Leon Panettas anger? The fact that the United States has yet to approve a treaty known as the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which often goes by the acronym LOST.
Panetta was speaking after the election. His ire about LOSTs status suggests that the Obama administration may well make this a second-term priority.
Its come close to being ratified by the U.S. Senate before -- it dates back to 1982, in fact. But LOST has never been able to gain enough supporters in the Senate.
That could change, however -- and quickly. Its advocates, hoping that their moment has arrived, are turning up the heat.
I dont just mean administration officials. LOST has its defenders in the media, too. Bob Keeler of Newsday, for example, recently wrote that refusing to sign the pact is unfathomable. By rejecting treaties such as LOST, he says, were refusing to be part of the family of nations, and were well on the way to becoming an outlaw nation.
According to its supporters, we need LOST for a variety of reasons. The main one concerns the oil and gas resources located in the outer limits of our Extended Continental Shelf. The treatys proponents say we can obtain legal title to it only by signing on to the treaty.
According to Panetta, there are countries that are making claims there, and we cant even engage with those countries because we havent approved the Law of the Sea Treaty,
Adds Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.): If the United States does not ratify this treaty, our ability to claim the vast extended Continental Shelf off Alaska will be seriously impeded. Without LOST, were told, we wont be able to develop the hydrocarbon resources beneath the Shelf in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean.
Sounds pretty dire -- and, at a time of fluctuating prices for gasoline and other forms of energy, alarming. Fortunately, it isnt true.
Under international law and long-standing U.S. policy, we already have access to these areas. Presidents dating back to Harry Truman have issued proclamations -- and Congress has passed laws -- establishing Americas maritime laws and boundaries. And no one has challenged them.
Perhaps LOSTs proponents would like this to change. They tend to be fans of superfluous international agreements, and frequently back policies that would tie the hands of the U.S. and prevent us from acting in our own interests. But the fact remains that their claim about LOST being necessary to obtain legal title to the oil and gas under the Extended Continental Shelf is pure fiction.
The Obama administration has promoted the Law of the Sea treaty and seems to have bought into the false nobility of global governance, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. Why should the American people support leaders who put American interests on an equal footing with foreign interests? Arent they elected to represent we the people, not we are the world?
So if we reject LOST, are we truly outside the family of nations? Its true that more than 160 nations have chosen to ratify LOST. But the United States is hardly alone. More than 30 other nations -- including Colombia, Israel, Peru and Turkey -- have chosen not to ratify the convention, writes The Heritage Foundations Steve Groves, an expert on LOST. The nations that have joined LOST cannot prevent the United States or any other nation from mining the seabed, any more than they can prevent the U.S. from exercising the freedom of navigation and overflight, the freedom of fishing, or any other high seas freedom.
Just global Marxist government and Agenda 21 in disguise.
In the real world his tired butt would be spending his days in prison for treason.
LOST just another slap in the face to the American people... from A-POS-Politician.
Just say no to TYRANNY!
Even if true, I think I would rather have the Canadians and Russians actually pumping the oil and gas and reducing the world price than us sitting on it, buried under tons of EPA regulations and lawsuits from the "Friends of the Arctic Penguins" preventing drilling.
Panetta, what is his great claim to fame anyway?
The main one concerns the oil and gas resources located in the outer limits of our Extended Continental Shelf. The treatys proponents say we can obtain legal title to it only by signing on to the treaty.
Drill for it, and hold title to it by force of arms.
Doesn’t make much difference anyway, Obama isn’t going to let us drill for it.