It still amazes me how few know about this. Yesterday I had a great visit with one of the great past leaders of the pest control industry in Ohio, and one of my mentors, who is now retired. He is a real "newsie" too, and yet when I brought LOST up he had a confused look for a moment. He knew about it, but he really wasn't up on the whole thing. Why? Because the media hasn't made an issue of it! Of course the media focused on really important events like Justin Bieber's confrontation with a paparazzi. After all…when you have a really hot item like that why would want to waste your time on some silly international treaty that would turn 70% of the world over to the most corrupt incompetent organization the world has ever known….the United Nations. The other thing that amazes me is the U.S. Navy’s take on this. As I recall when this came up during the Clinton years the Navy was against it. What happened? I begin to believe that the officers who became Admirals were those who were Politically Correct.
Common Sense on LOST………..Gordon Chang, noted recently in his column at World Affairs Journal : “Although Beijing ratified the [LOST] pact in June 1996, it continues to issue maps claiming the entire South China Sea…..It’s no wonder Beijing notified the UN in 2006 that it would not accept international arbitration of its sovereignty claims.”…..Panetta nonetheless asserted that “By moving off the sidelines, by sitting at the table of nations that have acceded to this treaty, we can defend our interests, we can lead the discussions, we will be able to influence those treaty bodies that develop and interpret the Law of the Sea.” That is simply not so if, as is true of the LOST’s various institutions, we would have but one seat among many, and no certainty that we can decisively “influence bodies that develop and interpret the law of the Sea.”
In fact, thanks to the rigged-game nature of those institutions, such bodies can be relied upon to hamstring us – by, for example, applying environmental regulations over which we have no control to our Navy’s anti-submarine warfare exercises and our domestic emissions into inland air and water that migrates to the international oceans……In short, the Obama administration wants Senators to suspend common sense and ignore real and legitimate concerns about the deleterious impact of the Law of the Sea Treaty on our sovereignty, economic interests and potentially even the national security. Will 34 Senators have enough common sense to just say “No”?