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He's no fan of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty


Date published: 5/16/2014

He's no fan of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

I nearly fell out of my chair with laughter when Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine defended his signing of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

It is rare--extremely rare--when the U.N. does anything that benefits America. Appropriately, the treaty had been shunned by the Bush presidency for eight years.

However, I had to really get a grip on myself when Mr. Kaine stated that the "treaty attempts to create an international standard for weapons sales that matches our own existing U.S. standards, which are the best in the world."

I would like to know if our current standards included the rejection of Muammar Qaddafi's desperate offer to abdicate shortly after the beginning of Libya's 2011 revolt, which led to extensive loss of life and subsequent "gun running" or arming of rebels, including affiliates of al-Qaida, by the Obama administration.

In turn, after numerous warnings and denied requests for additional security by our ambassador, this U.S. "standard" resulted in his and three other Americans' deaths by jihadist elements that are at the center of our global war against terrorism, while employing weaponry provided by Uncle Sam.

After months of relentless investigation, the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi uncovered how Obama switched sides by joining our sworn enemy and facilitating an unnecessary civil war.

What I would like to know from our senator is this: Is the "Benghazi standard" an augmentation of our peerless arms trade standards, or is this one more selective policy waiver given to FOOs (Friends of Obama)?

God bless Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Bob Taubert

Spotsylvania