1 Feb 2016

US conservatives and China

A little bit of interesting reading from The Japan Times about US conservatives doing their bit for national security and adherence to international law...

by doggedly fucking things up,
as usual:

"In the wake of Washington’s second “freedom of navigation” operation near Beijing’s man-made islets in the South China Sea, an often overlooked fact remains: The set of laws governing global maritime behavior that the U.S. has been touting has never been ratified by the Senate.

The U.S., which conducted the operation Saturday in waters 12 nautical miles (22 km) from Triton Island in the Spratly archipelago, has repeatedly urged its Asian rival to adhere to international law to solve disputes.

 But analysts and experts say Washington risks creating a credibility gap by citing the very measure — the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) — it has repeatedly failed to ratify.

“While U.S. policy is based on scrupulously observing UNCLOS provisions, failure to ratify denies Washington the moral high ground,” said Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. He said the issue has been a constant embarrassment to U.S. officials and politicians traveling throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

President Bill Clinton signed the agreement in 1994. It has since languished in Congress, with attempts to pass it blocked by conservatives who question the value of an agreement that they say adds nothing to conventions long established."
Nothing but a leg to stand on, that is....

The reason they blocked it - in spite of urgings from the US military to ratify it?
Because they are worried it will erode US sovereignty.
You see... a treaty is only fair and good if it is blinding on everyone except the USA, in the view of these people.
Maybe they are concerned about the reptilian plans for a New World Order too, I dunno...
"James Kraska, research director at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, argues that the treaty could eventually become a valuable tool in helping solve the disputes in the South China Sea and elsewhere."

Yeah China may well flout it regardless of US ratification, but it's a start.


  1. I see articles on these man-made islands now and then. Appreciate this one. I wasn't aware of this unratified agreement. We don't follow the Geneva rules on torture, so not really sure why we would adhere to this one either. There's probably only so much we can do to get in the face of our banker anyway.

  2. I see your country does not love The Donald either. He managed to alienate a whole continent with you guys.

  3. One of your own presents an inarguable analysis of
    current US political culture. I would only give Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama a bit more credit, they being IMO incrementally more decent humans than the rest Mr. Lord reviews.

  4. Kevin and BB,

    That’s an interesting piece, though I dispute that “Australians became Americanised”, because that is only addressing aspects of Australia that are largely superficial.

    There is no success like American success, because you truly celebrate it, whereas we just wonder if we truly deserved it.
    In any commercial form of success, ‘success’ usually means going to America and succeeding there. That image therefore dominates commercial media, business, entertainment… many things. But none of that necessarily adds up to ‘Australia’
    When we do think about the relationship, given the apparent similarities as nations, there is a tendency here to feel like the kid brother – if your older brother was slightly unstable.

    I have written at length about how poor many Australians were at spotting Abbott for what he was, and his faction for what it is. It would probably be a bit self-serving, then, to bemoan that many Americans do not see Trump for what he is – and I totally agree with Lord here.. Trump is “a sick deluded man of no redeeming features, full of racial hatred, bile and misogyny. A deluded pathetic liar..”

    As for Hillary and Obama…. I admire Obama on some levels. Hillary I don’t dislike, but she is so much the political operator I sometimes feel I don’t ever get a sense of her as a person. Obama is more transparent in that sense. I realise that’s a bit vague but there is a longer conversation there.

    I don’t think Trump can make it to the White House. Nor Cruz. I perhaps naively trust to the inherent decency of the American people in that, but frankly the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.