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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Wotan31, Nov 25, 2009.
That is disgraceful.
I really expected better from this administration.
Agreed this is outrageous.
Why would you not sign up to such an agreement? I get the impression (I could be wrong, don't hesitate to prove me wrong) that Obama is very hesitant when it comes to make any decisions when it comes to anything to do with war and recovery.
Nothing much more to say, awful and a huge disappointment.
I thought that US plan had always been 2009 - making this a change from Bush-era policy.
As far as holding out, I can sort of understand the other countries doing so. Pakistan, India, and China hate each other enough that using landmines is likely the biggest deterrent to even minimal border crossings; Russia is paranoid; and Burma is governed by idiots who deserve to follow in the footsteps of Mussolini.
I suppose the administration is holding back with the intention of ensuring that all options are always available, but I would have signed this more readily than a nuclear reduction treaty.
I suspect that the other countries holding out are probably doing so at least partially because the US isn't signing up.
What if he is faced with a decision that doesn't offer the luxurious option of months to render?
That's what I getting at, his lack of decision making is costing many British lives. I don't know what the hold up is all about...
Maybe he's talking about Afghanistan...
I imagine that this is a very technical decision that revolves around the Korean Peninsula. As best I understand, there is a process of terminating the War Reserve Stocks for Allies in Korea concerning antipersonnel mines, where the US will cease using them in 2010.
The US hasn't used a victim activated landmine since 1991; the US doesn't export them to countries; and the US is the largest donor state to cleanup projects.
I severely doubt countries that are also not signatories will come around if the US decided to sign. The nations that the US has leverage with, by and large, are already signatories.
The US will eventually come around on this particular issue, and this appears to be more outrage than it really deserves.
I would rather have the US give $80 million a year on average to cleanup mines than take that number down to $0 and sign a ban.
See DrudgeReport: http://www.drudgereport.com/
Bob Ainsworth criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan
Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.
James Kirkup, Thomas Harding and Toby Harnden
Published: 9:00PM GMT 24 Nov 2009
Mr Ainsworth took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the US President and his delays in sending more troops to bolster the mission against the Taliban. A period of hiatus in Washington - and a lack of clear direction - had made it harder for ministers to persuade the British public to go on backing the Afghan mission in the face of a rising death toll, he said. Senior British Government sources have become increasingly frustrated with Mr Obamas dithering on Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this month, with several former British defence chiefs echoing the concerns. But Mr Ainsworth is the first Government minister to express in public what amounts to personal criticism of the US presidents leadership over the conflict which has so far cost 235 British lives.
The Chicago clown took more than a year of decision to get his kids a puppy and four months now to supply our own the troops resources. Of course the Brits see this for the clear weakness that it is...
I took a note of the other countries holding out and there is a pattern. The Number 1 and 2 military powers of the world did not sign it.
Land minds are an effective base defense providing when the bases closes they mines are removed.
Bob Ainsworth and our entire defence in general is a bit of a joke. You think your troops have equipment problems, it's nothing like ours. Bob and his buddies will be looking for any excuse to relieve themselves of some blame.
The whole war is a disastrous mess. No one knows what to do, and I'd rather those in control did sit and consider all options before making any more knee jerk reactions and making things worse.
Obama isn't killing our troops, an ill-conceived war is. A war he had nothing to do with starting.
True, but some sort of statement against the proliferation of landmines would have been nice. The continued policy of landmine usage is a strike against this overall-good administration.
dissapointing ... i expect obama to do better
and while the US doesn't produce anti personal landmines currently they still have one of the biggest stock piles of the world
All of the other countries who have a military worth a damn didn't sign on either.
I would love to hear how many countries with less than 300k troops signed on to this, because thats probably all there is.
Its about the equivalent of me signing off on not buying $20 million dollar private jets if all of the rich people will sign also to save the environment.
Do you ever tell the truth? Your hatred of Obama isn't healthy.
Obama has already sent additional troops to Afghanistan, it was linked for you yesterday.
Obama promised his girls a dog once they moved into and were settled in the White House. Of course, they had to make sure they got the right breed as one of his daughters is allergic to dogs.
If you want to go after him for this, then go after him for originally saying he would adopt a rescue dog.
Why are we talking about dogs?? Who cares if it took him 1, 2, or 5 years to get them a dog, some parents don't let their kid have a dog at all, and its not like he didn't have anything more important to work on.
Unacceptable. There is absolutely no need to keep landmines in use. They are one of most most horrific and cowardly of weapons.
I really can't envisage a reason not to sign up unless there were some ridiculous stipulations.
This is about North Korea, thats why Obama couldnt sign it.
Also they likely feel that since it isn't normal policy to use them either, they shouldn't have to sign and immediately be hit with the cost of disposing them.
Should probably be a bit more worried about their cluster bomb policy. Since unexploded bomblets are far more likely to cause harm than a landmine the US used.
Some nations don't like to fight with their hands tied behind their back, especially when they are doing the majority of the fighting around the world.
Sniper rifles, missiles, bombs are all pretty cowardly as you won't see them coming...