07 July 2008

When liberals rule the world - Clusterbombs, part deux

In May, JR wrote about a group of 3rd rate countries who'd all gathered together to ban cluster bombs.

A month later, we get another lesson on what happens when liberals are in charge.

Faced with growing international pressure, the Pentagon is changing its policy on cluster bombs and plans to reduce the danger of unexploded munitions in the deadly explosives.

The policy shift, which is outlined in a three-page memo signed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, would require that after 2018, more than 99 percent of the bomblets in a cluster bomb must detonate.

Limiting the amount of live munitions left on the battlefield would lessen the danger to innocent civilians who have been killed or severely injured when they accidentally detonate the bomb.
OK, I don't have too much of a problem with this. If the new guidelines don't interfere with the ability of our military to accurately and reliably deliver the bombs, then like I said, it doesn't bother me.

However, Senator leaky Leahy (D-Vt), is not happy. Apparently, he doesn't like the fact that the United States is the sole world superpower and would like to create a more even field for our enemies to fight on. Stating that the new policy is "a step back", Leahy goes on to say:

"Now the Bush administration's 'new' policy is to wait another 10 years," said Leahy, calling it "another squandered opportunity for U.S. leadership." He said that in wake of the international treaty agreement, the Pentagon's plan to wait another decade before requiring the 99 percent detonation rate cannot be justified.
So, you put liberals in charge of our national security and this is the kind of crap that happens - you can count on effective weapon systems to be killed off leaving us to fight with one hand tied behind our backs.

Have no doubt - when liberals run our national security, we lose.
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