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Thursday, May 18, 2006

"Trust But Verify" Has No Place In This Administration

The only logical reason I can think of for the kicker at the end is that

A. Verification is just a big waste of time for a President who clearly loves spilling as much innocent blood as possible

B. Actually verifying Adminstrative claims removes the possiblity for Dear Leader W, our draft-dodging, budget-busting ChickenHawk with Delusions of Grandeur, to play Commander Codpiece and call himself a "War President" at every possible opportunity

U.S. Proposes New Disarmament Nuke Treaty

The United States on Thursday proposed that the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament negotiate a new treaty banning production of the nuclear material needed to make atomic bombs.

Stephen G. Rademaker, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for arms control, told the body that developments in the nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran showed it was time for a rapid agreement on the treaty to ban production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, known as "fissile material."

"The treaty text that we are putting forward contains the essential provisions that would comprise a successful legally binding FMCT," or Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty, Rademaker said.

"It bans ... the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices," he said.

Rademaker said the proposal has widespread support and would give the conference a positive role for the first time since it completed the ban on nuclear bomb testing 10 years ago.

"The only possible avenue for progress in this conference is to concentrate its efforts on the one topic on which we most likely shall be able to take action," he said.

Of course, this is the same guy who trumpeted those completely bogus WsMD in Iraq and Saddam Hussein/al-Qaeda ties/claims as well, something the Iranian Govt was ultraquick to point out.

Eslamizad said that U.S. criticism of Iran's nuclear activities was reminiscent of similar, incorrect allegations by Rademaker in an early 2003 appearance before the conference when he said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and had been collaborating with al-Qaida against the United States.

"A couple of months later it was the American troops attacking Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction," he said. "Later on it was the U.S. troops themselves who said they could not find any weapons of mass destruction or any real linkages between the previous Iraqi regime and al-Qaida."

He suggested that Rademaker's remarks might be taken as "the omen of repetition of what the Americans did with Iraq."

Rademaker responded that Iran was merely repeating its usual defense that all nuclear material in the country has been accounted for by the IAEA.

"The question is, is there any undeclared nuclear material in Iran? And that's the whole issue," Rademaker told reporters.

No, Rademaker, you ignorant slut, that's NOT the "whole issue"

With US Troops underquipped, understaffed and overextended across Iraq and the world, the issue is just what can the US do about Iran getting nuclear material and setting up nuclear power in it's borders

Add to that China & Russia ruling out ANY use of force to bring Iran in line, and it becomes apparent that the Administration is NOT saber rattling here, it's empty scabbard rattling in a pathetic attempt to appear relevant in an area it has no leverage now

And seeing as how the US must get China & Russia's approval for any actions carried out by the UN Security Council, the Adminstration is left with basically ZERO cards to play at the international table

The U.S. proposal is only 3 1/2-pages long, much shorter than what many treaties become. And it would go into force with only the approval of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council _ Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

3 1/2 pages, skimpy proposal from an Administration that skimps on details and vital funding for so many of the causes it supposedly holds dear

And then, the REAL kicker, and what led to the title of this post

Rademaker noted that the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of the 1960s went into effect with the approval only of Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States and that other nations _ including nuclear powers France and China _ joined later.


Another step to get the treaty passed faster was the U.S. decision to leave out any verification measures. Rademaker said that could take years to negotiate and that U.S. officials thought it better just to sign the treaty and rely on countries to abide by it.

So we just trust to those who sign this skimpy treaty that they're living up to it?

Exactly HOW does this proposal increase US Safety, and how is this not about the most blindly naive policy this Administration has EVER proposed?

With policies like this, there's no problem of shooting down the GOPbots & W lackeys anytime they play the "Well, there's been no attacks on US Soil since 9-11"

It's obviously due more to luck than any real work the Administration is doing to keep the US public safe while upholding the US Constitution

Oh wait

The Administration ISN'T keeping the public safe, and it sure as hell isn't upholding the same Constitution it rapes on a daily basis

Everyone involved with this idiotic, naive proposal deserves nothing but BitchSlaps of the most public and humiliating kind


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