President Obama is planning soon to violate his sworn oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." He is attempting to use the United Nations to tie America's hands on the most vital element of our national security, our nuclear deterrent.
The issue concerns the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This treaty, which would permanently outlaw the testing of nuclear weapons, was signed by President Clinton in 1996. The United States Senate, however, decisively defeated its ratification in 1999. The strong arguments that prevented ratification then still apply, augmented by new ones.
Despite eight years of trying, Obama has not resubmitted the CTBT to the Senate because it is so clearly contrary to the nation's interests that ratification is impossible.
Recent news reports, however, indicate that Obama is attempting to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution which will have the effect of ending -- or banning -- nuclear testing. Such an act would clearly bypass the U.S. Senate. Our Founding Fathers, fearing that a misguided President might lead the nation into disaster through an ill-advised treaty, deliberately wrote into the Constitution the provision that the Senate must advise and consent to all treaties. This is the cornerstone linking America's domestic and international laws and responsibilities.
What is proposed here is a usurpation of power of such magnitude as to awaken every American. The media are using words such as affront, violation, end-run, offensive, dangerous to describe this plan, but it is worse than that. It would endanger the lives of every American, and threaten the nation's existence.Read the rest of this IBD op-ed HERE.
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