- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

Romney’s luck of the draw

Mitt Romney’s gathering strength, picked up in Donald Lambro’s Monday commentary “Romney rolling forward?” is a manifestation of a strong conservative reaction to President Bush’s leadership style. Mr. Romney is reaching people with the message of competence, of which a dearth is perceived in the current administration. His history of using the red pen to nix many disagreeable bills in a blue state seems like appropriate training for the next Republican president, who will likely face an opposition Congress.

His strongest opposition may be Rudolph W. Giuliani, and not simply because of his famed performance after September 11. Somewhere buried in the gut of many conservatives is the deeply unsettling possibility of another Clinton in the White House; Hillary Rodham Clinton is no John Kerry. She may best be bested by combating fire with the same. Mr. Giuliani appears to fit the bill better than Mr. Romney’s ordinariness.

PHIL BRAND


Arlington

LOST at sea

I found Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England’s case for accession to the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) hollow and unfounded (“Reap the bounty,” Op-Ed, Wednesday). This treaty would decrease our national security and create an anti-free market environment. These were the objections that President Ronald Reagan raised in the 1980s, and they still apply today.

Why would we want to cede authority to the United Nations, an organization that is fraught with corruption and an anti-American attitude?

The treaty will create the International Seabed Authority (ISA), a UN organization with control of 70 percent of the world’s surface. The ISA would have power to levy international taxes and hand down binding decisions from a multinational court system. It would also have jurisdiction over all ocean research and exploration and the power to deny access to strategic ocean minerals.

The column states, “[The treaty] would make U.S. leadership more credible and compelling, in important multi-national efforts like the Proliferation Security Initiative.” However, Edwin Meese, former attorney general during the Reagan administration, specifically explains how the treaty would actually hamper PSI.

“The sorts of at-sea interdiction efforts central to our new Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) would be prohibited under LOST. The treaty effectively prohibits two functions vital to American security: intelligence-collection in, and submerged transit of, foreign territorial waters.” Mr. Meese explains in Human Events, “Mandatory information-sharing would afford enemies data that could be used to facilitate attacks. Obligatory technology transfers would equip adversaries with sensitive and militarily useful equipment and knowledge.”

The column opens with, “From the earliest days of its history, the United States has relied on the bounty and opportunity of the seas for sustenance, for economic development, for defense and for communication and interaction with the rest of the world.” It is this for this very reason that we should reject the Law of the Seas Treaty.

JONATHAN KRIVE

Arlington

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