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  • Obama Moves Toward Global Governance For American Arms Exporters

    09/09/2013 8:08:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9/9/13 | Jeff Moran
    The Obama Administration’s endorsement of a Swiss global oversight scheme for government defense and security contractors is a warning for not only the shooting industry, but for civil arms rights and democratic national sovereignty. Geneva --( On August 16th 2013, the Obama Administration signaled tentative plans to support a new scheme to legally bind government contractors into complying with international humanitarian law, human rights law, arms control and disarmament law, as well as other requirements of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.[1] The scheme applies to private military and security services contractors (and their subcontractors) doing business with the United...
  • Russia's Noncompliance with Arms Control Obligations

    07/31/2013 8:47:56 AM PDT · by george76
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | July 31, 2013 | Mark B. Schneider
    Perhaps the strongest argument against a new agreement with Russia is the virtual certainty that Russia will violate it. It is now clear that the Russians are in violation of major arms control treaties and that the current Administration is ignoring these violations. The current proposal will create major nuclear disparity in Russia's favor and leave the U.S. vulnerable to Russian air and missile defense. The Administration reportedly intends to circumvent congressional approval -- a clear indication of how bad they expect the outcome to be. When Obama, in June 2013, announced his agenda for the next round of nuclear...
  • UN Arms Trade Treaty Controls Weapons to Terrorists, but Refuses to Define Terrorism

    07/05/2012 12:57:20 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 4 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-5-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    As you and I prepared to celebrate America's Independence from Britain and the totalitarian rule of King George III, the U.N. began a month-long "Diplomatic Conference" to draft the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which the U.S. has said it will sign. The Conservative component of Congress is suspicious, as well they should be. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), via letter, reminded Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that any treaty must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) and 130 others in the U.S. House have sent a letter to Obama, and Secretary...
  • Did Romney Just Endorse Space-Based Weapons?

    10/09/2011 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 09, 2011 | Taylor Dinerman
    In his speech on defense and foreign policy at South Carolina’s Citadel Military Academy on October 7, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said: “I will begin reversing the Obama-era missile defense cuts and prioritize the full deployment of a multilayered national ballistic-missile defense system.” If conservatives hold him to this promise, it will be a significant step towards fulfilling the goal of making nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete” that Ronald Reagan laid out in his famous March 1983 “Star Wars” speech. The key word that Romney pronounced, which heartened missile-defense advocates and almost certainly disturbs the opponents of such defensive...
  • Did Fast & Furious violate the Arms Export Control Act?

    07/13/2011 1:49:38 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    First, the Arms Export Control Act, 22 USC §2778.. It authorizes the President to define defense articles and regulate their export. In so doing, he must consider the possibility that export could "support international terrorism, increase the possibility of outbreak or escalation of conflict..." Those defense articles may not be exported without a permit, issued by the Secretary of State ( Department of State guidelines here), "except that no license shall be required for exports or imports made by or for an agency of the United States Government (A) for official use by a department or agency of the United...
  • Report: US Stopped North Korean Ship

    06/13/2011 3:11:18 PM PDT · by Bean Counter
    <p>WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy forced a North Korean ship on its way to Myanmar to return home after a standoff two weeks ago, The New York Times reported Sunday. The Times said the U.S. suspected the North Korean cargo vessel, the M/V Light, was carrying missile technology to Myanmar.</p>
  • On Arms Control, Learn from Reagan

    12/20/2010 5:32:51 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 2 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2010 | Richard Perle and Kim R. Holmes
    Much reporting and commentary casts the Senate debate over ratification of the New START nuclear-weapons treaty as driven by partisanship. But New START skeptics are driven by something else: the idea that arms-control treaties should serve our security interests now and in the longer term. New START does neither. That is why the Senate should consider the full record of the negotiations before voting to approve a treaty that will: 1. encumber our freedom to deploy ballistic-missile defenses, 2. squander the negotiating leverage needed to bring Russian shorter-range missiles under control, and 3. reduce verification standards in this and probably...
  • A late look at a troubling treaty

    05/14/2010 4:15:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 515+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 13, 2010 | Peter Brooks
    It turns out the Russians got a great deal on the new Strategic Arms Reduc tion Treaty, which President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed in Prague last month. At our expense, of course. The bad news is late in leaking out because seemingly no one outside the government -- and likely few, if any, inside Congress -- got a look at the arms-control pact before the two leaders inked it. But the treaty's problems should be front and center as early as next week, when the Senate starts hearings on it. (Like any US treaty, the new START...
  • Gates To Navy: Anchors Away

    05/07/2010 5:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies · 2,553+ views ^ | May 7, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Advantage: Our defense secretary proposes doing what no other foreign adversary has done: sink the U.S. Navy. We don't need those billion-dollar destroyers, he says. Meanwhile, the Chinese navy rushes to fill the vacuum. Once Britannia ruled the waves, later to be replaced by America and its Navy. From the Battle of Midway to President Reagan's 600-ship fleet that helped win the Cold War, naval supremacy has been critical to the protection and survival of our nation. Which is why we find the recent remarks of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Navy League at the Sea-Air-Space expo so...
  • America's Nuclear Surrender

    05/04/2010 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | May 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The administration proudly reveals a state secret to our enemies before a U.N. conference on nuclear nonproliferation. It wants to lead by example on disarmament, but Iran and North Korea aren't following. Not since the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact that sought to outlaw war as an instrument of national policy has there been such a stunning display of dangerous naivete. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disclosed U.S. nuclear secrets to the U.N. conference while proudly proclaiming it showed America is sending "a clear, unmistakable signal" that this nation is committed to nuclear disarmament. Kellogg-Briand laid the groundwork for Munich in...
  • A Treaty for Utopia

    04/19/2010 7:17:51 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 5 replies · 335+ views
    National Review ^ | John Bolton
    On April 8, in Prague, the United States and Russia signed what they call the “New START” bilateral arms-control agreement, important specifics of which, in hallmark Obama-administration fashion (see health care), were still being negotiated. Nonetheless, the president and his acolytes are calling for the treaty’s swift ratification. The Senate would better protect our country’s future by actually deliberating before rushing over the precipice. A vital constitutional imperative, the Senate’s role in making binding treaty commitments, is at stake. While some consider it passé to insist that legislators read and understand what they vote upon, senators should insist on their...
  • Prague Surrender

    04/08/2010 4:48:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Arms Deal: President Obama signs away U.S. nuclear security and gives the Russians a veto over whether we can defend ourselves. Our nuclear umbrella is in tatters as another piece of paper proclaims peace in our time. Completing a process of disarmament and appeasement that manifested itself in the dismantling and defunding of U.S. military power that began with his inauguration, President Obama signed a new strategic arms limitation treaty with a grinning and very happy Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday in the Czech capital. How fitting this document was signed in Prague, which isn't far from Munich where...
  • Obamalateral Disarmament

    04/06/2010 4:51:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    National Security: Aiming at a world where nuclear weapons are obsolete, the administration's nuclear posture review leaves a world without American nuclear weapons and the backbone to use them. After his stunning bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto lamented that all that had been accomplished was to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Under policies announced by the Obama administration, a devastating chemical or biological attack on this country might merely awaken our very own Hamlet and fill him with a terrible sense of angst. We have said before that rather...
  • In Asia, Obama pushing arms control with Russia

    11/14/2009 10:20:36 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 920+ views
    China Daily ^ | 11/15/09 | (Agencies)
    SINGAPORE: A major pact within tantalizing reach, President Barack Obama aims to nudge forward an arms-control deal in talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum brought Obama to Singapore, but he is focusing on individual meetings Sunday with Medvedev and with Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of the world's largest Muslim nation and Obama's home as a boy. The US-Russia meeting takes place as the nations seek a successor to a Cold War-era agreement. Obama planned another milestone: joining a larger meeting that includes the leader of military-ruled Myanmar. Obama is sure to face criticism...
  • As Promised Obama Proposes Radical Reduction in US Nuclear Arsenal

    09/20/2009 10:45:15 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/21/09 | Gateway Pundit
    Obama promised to neuter America before the election in one of his campaign ads to supporters: That was one promise he decided to keep. As promised, Barack Obama will go ahead with his plan to weaken America's stand in the world. The Guardian reported today that Obama is pushing a radical plan to eliminate not hundreds but thousands of the nation's strategic warheads, via Free Republic. Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal. Obama has rejected the...
  • Our Foreign Policy Neophyte (0bambi's Russian Vacation)

    07/10/2009 3:59:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies · 575+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 7/10/2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    The signing ceremony in Moscow was a grand affair. For Barack Obama, foreign policy neophyte and "reset" man, the arms reduction agreement had a Kissingerian air. A fine feather in his cap. And our president likes his plumage. Unfortunately for the United States, the country Obama represents, the prospective treaty is useless at best, detrimental at worst. Useless because the level of offensive nuclear weaponry, the subject of the U.S.-Russia "Joint Understanding," is an irrelevance. We could today terminate all such negotiations, invite the Russians to build as many warheads as they want, and profitably watch them spend themselves into...
  • Gorbachev Hopes For US Nuclear Deal

    07/05/2009 1:46:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 483+ views ^ | July 05, 2009 | Amanda Walker
    Barack Obama is on a mission to reset relations between the US and Russia with nuclear reduction at the cornerstone of his plan. US arms control experts predict the two sides could aim to reduce their arsenals to 1,500 nuclear warheads apiece. Mr Obama's plans continue what the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty began in 1991. It was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. In a rare interview with Sky News, the former Soviet Leader insisted further nuclear reduction is vital. He said: "If we don't get rid of nuclear weapons the 40 countries that are not members of the...
  • Obama picks congresswoman as arms control official

    05/05/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 854+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/5/2009 | ap
    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday formally nominated Ellen Tauscher, a seven-term member of Congress who is considered an expert on defense, as his top arms control official. Tauscher, who represents a California district, has a record of introducing arms control and counter proliferation legislation and has campaigned for greater oversight of the US Missile Defense Agency. She said in a statement in March, after details of her impending appointment emerged, that she
  • Ban on samurai swords becomes law (UK)

    04/05/2008 9:24:23 PM PDT · by james500 · 69 replies · 5,939+ views
    BBC ^ | 00:55 GMT, Sunday, 6 April 2008
    Legislation against selling, making, hiring or importing samurai swords in England and Wales has come into force. Those breaking the law face six months in jail and a £5,000 fine. Carrying a sword in public is already illegal. Exemptions will cover swords which are used for re-enactments or antique weapons kept on display by collectors. Eight years ago a councillor was killed by a man wielding a samurai sword in the office of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat MP Nigel Jones. Anyone found guilty of importing samurai swords will face up to seven years in prison and an unlimited fine. ... Currently...
  • Albania and weapons of mass destruction.

    09/19/2007 3:34:12 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 102+ views
    Citizens in Defense of Defense ^ | 09/19/2007 | Argentine Firecracker
    This is a bit dated, but then, I had no idea... Did you realize that Albania is the first country to destroy its entire chemical weapons stockpile (18 tons!)?