The “international community” needs to do more to help Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the eighth Asia Security Summit this weekend. The meeting with Asian defense ministers in Singapore concluded Sunday with the 27 countries represented there calling for “peaceful and cooperative” solutions to security challenges in the region.
The New American reported last Friday that the Obama administration and Pentagon were engaging in "non-denial denial" when they supposedly denied British newspaper accounts that they were suppressing photos of female rape and homosexual rape of teenage boys at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The Obama administration has often promised a more open and less secretive presidency, but on May 28 Obama was again on both sides of the issue by trying to suppress in court Abu Ghraib pictures depicting abuse and rape of detainees in the war on terror. It doesn’t matter that the genie is already out of the bottle, as British newspapers have already published descriptions of the photos depicting female and homosexual rape.
Item: A May 6 Reuters article, detailing President Obama meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, described the president’s approach as “pragmatic,” “measured” — and of course “diplomatic”:
On April 30, Captain Richard Phillips, the heroic skipper of the pirated Maersk Alabama, told U.S. senators that “hardening” commercial shipping vessels, arming senior crew members of commercial ships, and employing armed military or private security details should be among the top policy options considered to combat the increasing wave of piracy in the troubled Horn of Africa region, and elsewhere on the high seas.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met at the White House with President Barack Obama on May 7 and also met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, before going on to meetings in New York where Russia will hold the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of May.
President Barack Obama met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on May 6, in what has been described as an attempt by the U.S. president to forge greater cooperation amongst America’s allies in the war against al-Qaeda terrorists.
“Senate Should Move Quickly to Join Convention on Law of the Sea,” says the heading of a May 4 press release from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). As noted here in April, it was to be expected that the usual lobbyists for world government would exploit the recent increase in Somali pirate activity to push for Senate ratification of the UN Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). And, as we pointed out here and here in February, the campaign to provide the United Nations with vast new legislative, judicial, and executive powers — including the power to tax all earthlings, Americans not excepted — is being led by the CFR, which has been in the forefront of this and other “global governance” power grabs.
After a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon last month, Barack Obama announced his support for the “Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms” treaty, also known by its Spanish acronym CIFTA. The gun-control treaty was signed in 1997 by former President Bill Clinton, but was not ratified by the Senate as required by the Constitution.