Some things just totally defy any possible logic, rhymn, or reason.
More than 150 Countries, all around the globe, have agreed to the Treaty to end the production, stockpiling, trade, and usage of civilian-killing Land Mines. Under the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration, The United States had been a hold out.
According to the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (ICBL), efforts undertaken in 1999 to recover mines “have saved millions of lives through the removal of more than 2.2 million emplaced antipersonnel mines, 250,000 antivehicle mines, and 17 million” explosive remnants of war.
According to the Associated Press, last year land mines killed at least 1,266 people and wounded 3,891.
But hey, we have a new President with that hope-y, change-y thing going on…right?
Statement from Obama Adminstration:
“This administration undertook a policy review and we decided that our landmine policy remains in effect. We made our policy review and we determined that we would not be able to meet our national defense needs [ -?- ], nor our security commitments to our friends and allies if we sign this convention.”
In contravention of the treaty, the United States stockpiles some 10 million antipersonnel mines and retains the option to use them.
Two peas in a pod
And we’re supposed to be inspired by this shallow little puppet of a man…..