Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another promise broken

"The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention that bans land mines. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-administration era policy. "We decided that our land mine policy remains in effect," he said. More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty's provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia. Human rights groups had expressed hope that the Obama administration would sign the treaty. Stephen Goose, director of Human Rights Watch's arms division, said he was surprised by the announcement and called it disappointing. He said that his group had been pushing the administration to conduct a review of its policy, but the administration had given no indication that one was underway. "If one was already completed, it was not very extensive," he said."

It's truly amazing that from Iraq to Guantanamo and now to land mines, the operative phrase is "We decided that the Bush policy remains in effect."

If he'd told the truth about his intentions during the primaries and the election, Obama would still be a senator from Illinois.

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