July 28, 2012
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
Obama blamed for failure of international arms-trade treaty (Julian Pecquet, 07/27/12, The Hill)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2012 9:08 AMThe 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."