A Memorial Day Disservice

Heritage Action’s communications director, Dan Holler, wrote a column about proponents of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) invoking the military in order to gain support for a flawed treaty. Not only do they use the military, but they are using the word “sovereignty” in an insincere way in order to justify their position:

“It is a savvy public relations move that proponents of the U.N. treaty have decided to play the national security card and hijack the winning message of sovereignty. There is just one problem with these arguments, though: they are not true.

“Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) asked General Martin E. Dempsey, USA, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whether America is ‘at risk as a result of failure to ratify this treaty.’ In a measured tone, the General Dempsey responded, ‘based on our current application of customary international law, we will, of course, assert our sovereignty and our ability to navigate’ and ‘our ability to project force will not deteriorate.’

“Defined in its most simplistic terms, sovereignty is the freedom from external control. And while 162 countries have been willing to cede their freedom to an international organization based in Jamaica, America has refused to do so for three decades. What President Ronald Reagan, and countless Senators, understood is that an international treaty does not guarantee America’s sovereignty, but rather it would erode our freedom.

“Even when then-President George W. Bush pushed the treaty, the sovereignty argument won the day and stalled the treaty. Proponents learned their lesson, forming the ‘American Sovereignty Campaign’ to push for the ratification of LOST. On top of a crafty campaign name, they are also advertising on conservative websites that have been critical of the treaty.”

You can read the full article here.

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