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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:52 PM

Republicans Criticize Military Brass For Supporting Law Of The Sea Treaty

At a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing last week, Senator Sen. James Risch (R-ID) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) treated six four-star Generals and Admirals testifying in favor of ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) with hostility before questioning their motives and honesty.

At the hearing, the Generals and Admirals spoke unanimously asking for Senate ratification of UNCLOS. Adm. James Winnefeld, the Vice Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified that joining “will fortify our credibility as the world’s leading naval power and allow us to bring to bear the full force of our influence on maritime disputes.” The other panelists, including the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the heads of US Northern, Pacific, and Transport Commands, all agreed. The military, business leaders, environmentalists, and labor groups all support ratification.

But some Republicans on the committee opening attacked these top military officials for supporting the treaty. Risch reacted angrily, accusing Commandant Robert J. Papp, Jr. of disrespecting the Committee when he said that America’s non-ratification has prevented the resolution of American maritime disputes with Canada, saying, “Admiral Papp, you know, we sit here every day and it isn’t very often our intelligence is insulted.”

When Adm Samuel Locklear III, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, testified that joining UNCLOS would help America press China on its claims in the South China Sea, Risch fumed that treaty is nothing but, “Flowery speeches, just like the ones we’ve had here today.” He continued to lecture Locklear and the rest of the panel on the situation in the South China Sea, saying, “The gate is open and the rodeo is started!”

Despite the fact that all six panelists specifically said they were offering their independent judgments on UNCLOS, Inhofe dismissed their testimony, saying, “You’re naturally going to reflect anything that comes —you have to.”


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http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/06/19/502356/republicans-criticize-military-brass-for-supporting-law-of-the-sea-treaty/


Can't the Repubs doing anything besides gripe and moan?

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Response to KansDem (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:03 PM

1. Oh FFS.

This is nothing but macho posturing by a bunch of idiots who think treaties are a sign of weakness. Why do Americans keep voting for these idiots?

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:04 PM

2. Risch's Intelligence, Sir, Ought To Be Insulted Daily, Hourly Even

If it is not insulted very often, as he claims, a lot of people are falling down on the job....

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:37 PM

3. Republicans will always follow the advice of their military commanders.

As long as that advice agrees with what they already wanted to do.

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:00 PM

4. I guess Republicans don't support the military.

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