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December 17, 2007

Full of Contradictions
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Mike Huckabee's Foreign Affairs essay is just like everything else I hear from him.  One second he is totally reasonable.  The next second I think he's completely clueless.

Totally reasonable:

American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out. The Bush administration's arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad. My administration will recognize that the United States' main fight today does not pit us against the world but pits the world against the terrorists. At the same time, my administration will never surrender any of our sovereignty, which is why I was the first presidential candidate to oppose ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would endanger both our national security and our economic interests.

Totally nutty:

At the same time, my administration will never surrender any of our sovereignty, which is why I was the first presidential candidate to oppose ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would endanger both our national security and our economic interests.

I have a question for Governor Huckabee.  How do you plan to get rid of the "bunker mentality" if you won't even agree to the Law of the Sea Treaty? The Law of the Sea is as harmless as it gets.  What will you do about a global warming treaty or strengthening the NPT?  And how are you going to engage allies and friends if you won't pay attention to their priorities or be willing to sign any international treaties?  I don't get it.  This makes no sense.

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You accidently stuck the part about the Law of the Sea Treaty in the reasonable part as well. It was a good thing it ended up being the unreasonable part as well, so I could tell what you meant---for a moment there I thought you felt it was reasonable to oppose the Law of the Sea Treaty!

Ilan: it's no surprise that Gov. Huckabee would include a swipe at the Law Of The Sea Treaty in an essay: defeating US ratification of the UNCLOS is (and has been for years) a near-obsessive right-wing fixation: usually grounded (no pun intended) on its perceived diminuition of US "sovereignity" - although mostly, conservative objections seem based mainly on reflexive, unthinking UN-hatred.

It's doubtful (IMHO) that Mike Huckabee knows the first thing about the LOST, but since some adviser has probably told him that he should oppose it, oppose he does: logical contradictions notwithstanding.

After all, this is a man who believes (or says he believes) that the Earth is just over 6000 years old. Why should details in a politcal essay bother him?

Ilan: it's no surprise that Gov. Huckabee would include a swipe at the Law Of The Sea Treaty in an essay: defeating US ratification of the UNCLOS is (and has been for years) a near-obsessive right-wing fixation: usually grounded (no pun intended) on its perceived diminuition of US "sovereignity" - although mostly, conservative objections seem based mainly on reflexive, unthinking UN-hatred.

It's doubtful (IMHO) that Mike Huckabee knows the first thing about the LOST, but since some adviser has probably told him that he should oppose it, oppose he does: logical contradictions notwithstanding.

After all, this is a man who believes (or says he believes) that the Earth is just over 6000 years old. Why should details in a politcal essay bother him?

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