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Guns, and Other WMD

Obama and Kerry at the UN

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 26, 2013
“The experience of treaties being broken with impunity provide an afflicting lesson to mankind how little dependence is to be placed on treaties which have no other sanction than the obligations of good faith; and which oppose general considerations of peace and justice to the impulse of any immediate interest and passion.” –Federalist No. 15 (1787)

While most of America was focused on the ongoing ObamaCare and DemoDebt Debate, there was no shortage of mischief, malfeasance and mendacity at the United Nations confab this week, with Barack Hussein Obama and his left-hand man, John Kerry, leading the cast.

First up, Kerry made our nation a signatory to the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty, ostensibly regulating small arms trade between nations.

At the signing ceremony, Kerry claimed, “Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans, the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our Constitution. This is about keeping Americans safe and keeping America strong. This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom.”

Make no mistake, the ATT is a Trojan Horse.

Obama and Kerry assure us that the treaty exempts any regulation of domestic gun sales and ownership in the U.S., but with the stroke of a pen, it could implement severe gun restrictions and even confiscations – an end run around the Second Amendment that would provide political cover for gun control Leftists in the Senate and House.

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Indeed, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warned that if this treaty were ratified, “Make no mistake, they will ultimately register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens. Not long ago, Obama told Sarah Brady from the anti-gun Brady Campaign, ‘I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.’”

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) rightly put Kerry on written notice, informing him that the ATT is “dead in the water,” concluding, “The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected UN bureaucrats.”

But, in what could be an end run around our Constitution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), fully aware that he can’t possibly win the necessary two-thirds majority of votes in the Senate for ratification, may not allow any vote at all. Thus, Obama could sign the treaty and ignore the constitutional mandate, as he habitually does when Rule of Law interferes with his political agenda.

Then what?

In a letter chastising Obama, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, demanded he not take any further action on the ATT without the consent of the Senate. Corker sternly notes, “Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be inconsistent with the United States Constitution, law, and practice. … The Executive Branch is not authorized to take any steps to implement the treaty,” because the treaty raises “fundamental issues” concerning “individual rights protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

To be clear, the Constitution specifies in Article II, Section 2: “[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…”

As John Jay elucidated this specification in Federalist No. 64: “The convention have done well, therefore, in so disposing of the power of making treaties, that although the President must, in forming them, act by the advice and consent of the Senate…”

Article VI specifies: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

In other words, the Constitution specifies that duly ratified treaties are “the supreme Law of the Land,” with the exception that such treaty may not violate provisions of the Constitution.

Let’s see who abides by their Oath to Support and Defend our Constitution regarding this treaty…

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Second up, the funniest line delivered at the UN this week, or the biggest lie (take your pick), was the following assertion by Obama: “The world is more stable than it was five years ago,” since his first election. Well, except for the meltdown in the Middle East and Central and North Africa. Oh, and except for the fact that al-Qa'ida and other jihadi groups are thriving.

He’ll be here all week, folks. Try the pork.

Obama’s shameful pandering to Iran, insisting, “the diplomatic path must be tested,” set a new benchmark low for his foreign policy ineptitude. (This is quite an achievement, given that he turned his red line on Syrian WMD over to the Russians three weeks ago.

Obama was lectured by Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, who was previously Iran’s nuclear negotiation chief in charge of covering up his country’s nuclear weapons program – a program he claimed Iran does not have. As you may recall, back in 2006 Rouhani was caught on tape, bragging about how he had duped the West by insisting that Iran had no nuke program, which bought his nation enough time to complete the installation of equipment for the enrichment of uranium yellowcake at its Isfahan plant.

Rouhani completed his schooling of Obama with a snub for the entire world to see – a refusal to meet the U.S. president for a photo-op handshake. However, Kerry is meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, perhaps to see if he can also outsource our Iranian policy to Russia.

Obama’s taking Rouhani’s bait, but Republicans on the Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees are not. They warned Obama about “Iran’s track record of obfuscation and delay.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not playing along either: “[Rouhani’s] speech gave no practical plan to stop the Iranian military nuclear program and there was no commitment in it to follow UN Security Council resolutions. This is exactly the Iranian plan – to talk and stall so they can advance Iranian capability to get [a] nuclear weapon.”

No doubt Obama will allow Rouhani to continue the charade and take no action because, as he told the UN, “The United States has a hard-earned humility when it comes to our ability to determine events inside other countries,” a dig at his predecessor, George W. Bush, regarding the WMD that was not found in Iraq – even though it was.

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For the record, not only was there plenty of evidence of Iraq’s WMD programs, but more than 550 metric tons of uranium yellowcake ore was airlifted out of Iraq in 2008 and taken to Canada where it was processed for the production of energy, instead of nukes. The cleanup of radioactive waste around Saddam’s nuclear weapons enrichment site at Tuwaitha and an adjacent research facility is ongoing.

The reason no “stockpiles” were found in Iraq was because the UN delay provided plenty of time for Saddam to move his WMD. As I wrote back in 2003, “There is a substantial body of intelligence supporting our position that Saddam shipped Iraq’s chemical, biological and nuclear WMD stores and components to Syria and into Lebanon’s heavily fortified Bekaa Valley, for points beyond.”

Wait, Saddam’s WMD went to Syria?

In 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asserted that Israeli intelligence confirmed “chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria.”

Lt. Gen. James Clapper, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and current Director of National Intelligence, confirmed the export in 2003, noting, “By the time that we got to a lot of these facilities … there wasn’t that much there to look at. There was clearly an effort to disperse, bury and conceal certain equipment prior to inspections.” Clapper added that there was ample evidence in satellite imagery of convoys of trucks moving Saddam’s WMD out of the country.

This was reconfirmed by Saddam’s own air force general, Georges Sada in 2006. Sada, second in command of Saddam’s defeated air force, confirmed that additional WMD were put on 56 civilian aircraft, which had had all the seats removed, and taken into Syria: “Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming. They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians. … There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands. I am confident they were taken over.” (Sada is a Christian who was not a member of Saddam’s Baath Party and now manages Iraqi operations for a Christian humanitarian organization, World Compassion.)

Yes, Syria has WMDs that were produced in Iraq, including thousands of tons of chemical toxins.

But Obama perpetuates the “hard-earned humility” myth about “our ability to determine events inside other countries,” and that GWB lied about Iraq’s WMD.

The price of hiring a Leftist “community organizer” to serve as spokesperson for the Free World is going to prove catastrophically high one day when Islamist terrorist succeed in detonating a nuclear weapon in one or more U.S. urban centers.

Pro Deo et Constitutione – Libertas aut Mors
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138 Comments

Sorceress1 in Palmdale, CA said:

Americans will never surrender their guns to the UN. If it comes down to UN soldiers coming to the doors of law abiding Americans, there may be gunfire exchanged. This is one of the most egregious violations of our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms yet. Kerry has committed treason on behalf of Obama. They both need to be impeached, found guilty and sent away for a very long time.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

proseshooter in GLP NM replied:

I DISAGREE that the UN treaty may result in bloodshed. As G. Gordon Liddy once commented about what to do when raided by BATFE, 'Aim for the head, because they wear body armor". VIVA LA REVOLUCION

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

RedLeg in M'Boro replied:

Aiming at the head is quiet easy. The hard part is pulling the trigger and knowing there are more comming. We do not need "Sunshine Soldiers or Fairweather Patriots". I do agree with your statement.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Joyce Freeman in Oxford, FL replied:

I. Agree!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

K. Hunter in Oak Ridge, Tennessee replied:

I must disagree Ms. Ludwig. Not only will, and have, Americans give up their guns they will aid the government in confiscating the guns of other on the premise of fairness. While your sentiment may have been accurate in previous eras today's American is a relative pantywaist when it comes to defending him or herself against the inroads of big government. Even the recent surges in gun buying are measured in the numbers of citizens asking their government's permission to own a gun, a pitiful reflection on the quality of freedom available in modern America.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Jimbob in Dallas, TX said:

Remember.......... Every one of the signers of the Decloration of Independance had a price put on their heads by the government they were throwing off......

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

James R. Butler in Copperas Cove said:

Article VI specifies: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” This says that "....constitution or laws of any state.. notice that it does not say the Constitution of the US. Comment...?

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Idaho Al in Idaho replied:

and all Treaties made, ... under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land.

Appears pretty cut & dried to me.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Tomm Friend in Orlando, FL replied:

Was not the joining the WTO, World Trade Organization a treaty that was not passed by a 2/3 vote of the Senate?

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Larry A. in West Deptford, NJ replied:

ALL treaties MUST be passed by at least 2/3 vote (67) of the Senate.

ANY treaty that conflicts with the Constitution is null and void.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Matt from STP in St Paris OH said:

I think Kerry just officially made the list of enemies of the state. May he be treated as such in the future!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

proseshooter in GLP NM replied:

Kerry is not an enemy of the state. He IS the state. His enemies are the citizens of this nation. VIVA LA REVOLCUION

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

LeRoy in Nebraska replied:

If you put Kerry and Jane Fonda side by side you could not tell them apart. Read the book Unfit For Command and you will see what a crumb ball Kerry really is. The book claims that Kerry got three purple hearts when he served in Vietnam and two of them were self inflicted wounds. As far as liar classification goes he is right up there with Obama.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Al C in Las Vegas, Nevada said:

Why in Heaven's name would anyone trust the word of John Kerry after his total distortion of truth and tossing his band of brothers under the bus for political gain during the Vietnam debacle? !!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Joyce Freeman in Oxford, FL replied:

Good question!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

bubba in OKC replied:

John Kerry was a traitor then as he is a traitor NOW. 3 Purple Hearts for minor wounds is ridiculous just so he could come home. He should have and should be bared from having any kind of government position.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Clark in Lewisville, TX said:

Except to the ball less Chihuahua's in the Republican party infringing 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms' will be grounds for BO's impeachment.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Karl Landgren in Selma, NC said:

Make no mistake, huh, John?! Allowing an America-hating, unqualified (and perhaps ineligible) liar to occupy our White House in '08 was one of the worst mistakes in our 200+ history. Let's just start with that. The folks in Massachusetts electing you to the Senate was clearly a mistake. One could easily make the case that the UN is a mistake. Your signing that treaty was a mistake. "Mistakes were made."

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

proseshooter in GLP NM replied:

These were not mistakes. Kerry, Obama, and Reid know exactly what they are doing, and what they are doing is evil. VIVA LA REVOLUCION

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Joyce Freeman in Oxford, FL replied:

I agree.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Bill in Fork Union said:

Guess all the so called "nut jobs" who were worried about black helicopters might have the last laugh on this one. Black helicopters with U.N. troops trying to disarm law abiding U.S. citizens doesn't seem so far fetched now. Once again, Bath House Barry circumventing the U.S. Constitution to fulfill his socialist agenda.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

LeRoy in Nebraska replied:

One round from a 270 will bring down a chopper.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

when Islamist terrorist succeed in detonating a nuclear weapon in one or more U.S. urban centers.

They would be doing us a great favor if they struck the Capitol durring the state of the union address.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Joyce Freeman in Oxford, FL replied:

It will be too. Late then for the country.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Luanne Cates in Marrero, LA replied:

No kidding.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

American Rifleman in McKeesport,PA.15132 said:

On Rouhani handshake NOT: I wouldnot want to shake bamer's hand either. He is nothing but a bow down,arragant misleader.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Joyce Freeman in Oxford, FL replied:

Me either. I agree!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Bradley Floro in Baker City, Oregon said:

I would like to put out a call to activate all of our militias in the USA to be prepared. When the UN tries to come on American Soil to mess with our Constitutional rights to Keep and bear arms, we must fight and die if needed to keep our FREEDOMS. John Kerry was a traitor to Vietnam era veterans during the war as a anti war protester. Obama and his administration has steadily tried to destroy our Constitution. It is time for Patriots to stand for our rights. CALL TO ARMS.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Matt in St Paris OH replied:

In that case, Blue Hats will be targets; no matter what country they call home.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

proseshooter in GLP NM replied:

Activating militias is an interesting concept. The administration, through AG Holder, claims the militia is the National Guard and the right to keep and bear arms only applies to the National Guard. Numerous states, due to the possibility of the National Guard being federalized, have their own state defense forces, which are more like a true militia. Then there are the self proclaimed militia's, which have no government connections except for being mostly able bodied males between the age of 18 and 45, as defined by the a federal militia act passed more than a century ago. There is no way any UN nation will sacrifice its own citizens to invade an armed U.S., leaving enforcement of the treaty to the president sending BATFE, FBI, Homeland Security etc. in to confiscate legally owned, and probably registered firearms. VIVA LA REVOLUCION

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

Those are not self-proclaimed militias as you state, it is the "unorganized militia" as defined and legitimized by 10 USC.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Roger Maxham in St.Johnsbury, VT said:

I strongly believe that the United States of America should get out of the United Nations and that we should get the United Nations out of the United States of America

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

proseshooter in GLP NM replied:

You hit that one on the head. U.S pays more than 80% of the U.N. budget, and what do we get for it. Take the money back and spend it on rescuing Social Security and the Veteran's programs. VIVA LA REVOLCUION

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Jack Simmons in Nebraska replied:

Amen

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

BuffaloScout1885 in Minkler said:

"The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." Thomas Jefferson quotation in 1787. If Barack Obama and the rest of his lemmings attempt to disarm the United States illegally through a U.N. treaty, the tree of liberty will receive a fresh application of it's natural manure. I give you my word on it, and unlike Obama, I have not received any "4" Pinocchio awards from the Washington Post, been caught lying on videotape in a interview, or changed my version of a story from one day to the next. Obama is digging his own grave every time he opens his mouth. Someone needs to tell him to shut up before he crosses that "red line" and he can't go back. The tree of liberty is waiting............

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Telezer in Eastern Orygun said:

"Tricky" Dick Nixon could have taken lessons from slight of the hand Obama and his camp followers. We didn't see this one coming and now the first step is in place and closer to potential ratification, we can expect all kinds of chicanery, including Obama's by-pass of the Senate. About the time I think Obama has gone too far, he goes one step further to circumvent the Constitution and Rule of Law and Americans (me included) either sit idly by or get “active” by sending a few fax’s to our Congressional Representatives. Clearly, these “safe” democratic processes have not worked and will continue not to work as long as Obama can skirt the Constitution and Rule of Law with impunity.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

proseshooter in GLP NM replied:

WE SAW THIS COMING MORE THAN A DECADE AGO. Former Ambassador Bolton warned us. The NRA warned us. Talk radio warned us. Unfortunately, 51% of the population either do not think, or long for a return to the plantation days of their ancestors. VIVA LA REVOLUCION.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

There is a 'Blanket Party' waiting for the 51%. It will be very very ugly. And when the time comes, Obama and his ilk will have no place to hide. Obama, will feel like one letter in his assumed name, has changed. O'bama becomes O'sama. May the honorable Navy Seals extract payment from the new O'sama in the same manner as the last. UN be damned, and dismanteled. Vengence is a dish best served cold, and there is an ice age on the horizon. May I be the first to say, Goodbye, to Osama, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, Bohner, McCain etc. etc ... and good riddence!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Publius in IL said:

As was evident in the outrageous ramming through of Obamacare - the Democrats in the house and senate do not care for the rule of law or the Constitution of these United States.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

DEMOTHUG Politicians had better 'RESIGN NOW' or get out to the firing ranges if they expect any chance at a future on this plane of existence. The 51% will not defend you. There will be 'bounties' on Leftist Scalps and the Gangsters of America will collect them, since gun control doesn't work on Gangsters. Priceless!@! Look out Rahm, they'll be coming for you first.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM