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Ex-Defense chief Rumsfeld to face off with military brass over Law of the Sea
The Hill ^ | June 8, 2012 | Julian Pecquet

Posted on 06/08/2012 11:18:16 AM PDT by jazusamo

Donald Rumsfeld is returning to Capitol Hill next week to testify

against the United States joining the United Nations's Law of the Sea treaty, pitting him squarely against the military brass that he used to command as former President George W. Bush's secretary of Defense.

Rumsfeld's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is especially relevant because he was former President Reagan's emissary against the treaty back in 1982, when international momentum was for it. Proponents of the treaty have been trotting out former Reagan officials — former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Deputy National Security Adviser John Negroponte — to argue that changes to the treaty would have met with Reagan's approval, but Rumsfeld's appearance throws a wrench in that strategy.

Critics say it would curtail the U.S. military's freedom of navigation while allowing a UN agency to directly tax U.S. oil-and-gas companies.

Rumsfeld wasn't available to comment.

“The so-called United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was designed to codify navigation rights in international waters,” he writes in his memoir, Known and Unknown. “But it had grown into something considerably more ambitious, with a proviso that would put all natural resources found in the seabeds of international waters … into the hands of what was ominously called the International Seabed Authority.”

Reagan's attorney general, Edwin Meese, has also been leading the charge against ratification of the treaty.

"With the treaty again under consideration by the Senate,” Meekswrote in the Los Angeles Times this week, “it's important to note that Reagan's objections to it were anything but trivial.”

Rumsfeld was invited to speak by committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), who has vowed to invite witnesses on all sides of the issue despite his personal support for the treaty. Rumsfeld will be testifying next Thursday afternoon along with Negroponte and John Bellinger, a former legal adviser to the State Department under Bush, who supported ratification.

Kerry's committee is also holding another hearing Thursday morning with current military officials, who argue for rapid ratification as China expands into the South China Sea, where the treaty recognizes the sovereignty of the Philippines, a U.S. ally, and other countries.

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lawofseatreaty; lost; meese; rumsfeld; unitednations
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To: molson209
The UN is becoming the new USSR

If we quit sending them money, maybe they would collapse like the USSR.

21 posted on 06/08/2012 1:22:40 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: smoothsailing
That's a good pic of the F9F and didn't realize Rummy flew them.

The gentleman next door passed away about 8 or 9 months ago, he was 90. He was a Naval Aviator and flew in WWII as well as after and flew F9F’s, I believe it was the last aircraft he flew.

His memory was slipping the last few years but he had a den with many pics and mementos, he was very interesting to talk to.

22 posted on 06/08/2012 3:27:13 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: driftdiver

Cheney and Bush both supported it. Go figure

23 posted on 06/08/2012 4:37:35 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: smoothsailing

My old plane, it was a good one.

24 posted on 06/08/2012 7:14:18 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: jazusamo

Yes thank God Rumsfeld and Meese are against LOTS treaty

Embarassing our military leaders are for it. I am not that old, and I can remember such support of anything so anti-American got you courts-martialed for treason

Globalism is anti-Americanism

25 posted on 06/08/2012 8:25:52 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (CNN ratings are so down, Ted Turner asked the UN for relief)
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