Saturday, November 18, 2006

Who does this man speak for?

Chertoff says U.S. threatened by international law

By David Morgan- Reuters

Nov 17, 2006 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Bush administration official on Friday said the European Union, the United Nations and other international entities increasingly are using international law to challenge U.S. powers to reject treaties and protect itself from attack. (emphasis added)
You cannot have it both ways. You cannot sponsor and support an organization (the United Nations), and sign the treaties created by agencies of that body, staffed in many cases by Americans (e.g. the NPT, outer space treaty, ABM treaty, chemical warfare treaty, etc, etc, etc,) and then turn around and nullify those treaties because they have some utterly remote chance of increasing a terrorist attack.

Exactly the opposite, those treaties, if fully enforced, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) signed by Clinton but not ratified by the Senate, would go very far to preventing terrorism.

In fact, an argument can be made that the very reason we have terrorism is because we are the arrogant ass of the world and have thumbed our nose at its laws, including those prohibiting torture. And, this tasty tidbit from the imploding Republican Party:
McCain: Bush Admin Breaks Laws to Hide Global Warming Data
"They're simply not complying with the law. It's incredible."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) raised eyebrows yesterday with that comment regarding the Bush administration, made before a crowd of several hundred at a Washington, D.C. event.
The simple suggestion is made to Mr. Bush: Return to the rule of Law, or face impeachment.

(Note: Chertoff should be spending more time tending his back yard, i.e. New Orleans, before mouthing drivel off his front porch.)

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