Obama waiving penalties for use of child soldiers

By truejusticegal,

This could be the most repugnant thing yet and if Hillary does not resign over this she will have lost all credibility with me. She must show ethics and decency over this outrage and refuse to allow this. In my opinion to allow children to work for radical Muslim armies is beyond reprehensible. And under the radar before the midterm elections but let it be know and let us see if the Democrats still vote for a team that would allow the Human rights of these children to be abused.

See AP story today on this below:

Because it’s “For the Childrun”

No kidding. Obama admin says the use of Child Soldiers in conflict is in the “national interest of the United States”

AP) —  In a move criticized by human rights organizations, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act.

In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama said he had determined that “it is in the national interest of the United States” to waive application of the law to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. He instructed Clinton to submit the decision to the Congress with a written justification for the move.

Obama’s memo, released by the White House on Monday, did not include the justification. Administration officials have said, however, that cutting off military aid to those four countries as required by the law would do more harm than good. And they have said that continuing close cooperation with them can be a more effective way of changing their practices.

Jo Becker, children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, said Obama had supported the legislation when he was in the Senate.”This is a ground breaking law,” she said. “This is the first year it has taken effect and he’s undercutting it.”

The law was signed by President George W. Bush shortly before he left office but did not take effect until this year.

HERE IS THE AP ARTICLE RELEASED TODAY:

US waiving penalties for use of child soldiers

(AP) – 17 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move criticized by human rights organizations, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act.

In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama said he had determined that “it is in the national interest of the United States” to waive application of the law to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. He instructed Clinton to submit the decision to the Congress with a written justification for the move.

Obama’s memo, released by the White House on Monday, did not include the justification. Administration officials have said, however, that cutting off military aid to those four countries as required by the law would do more harm than good. And they have said that continuing close cooperation with them can be a more effective way of changing their practices.

Jo Becker, children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, said Obama had supported the legislation when he was in the Senate.

“This is a ground breaking law,” she said. “This is the first year it has taken effect and he’s undercutting it.”

The law was signed by President George W. Bush shortly before he left office but did not take effect until this year.

Becker said the U.S. has legitimate national interests in the countries given the waiver, but that the administration could have made use of a provision in the law that permits targeted cuts in military assistance, while continuing aid aimed at professionalizing armies.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the countries who received the waiver deserve more time to correct their practices.

“In each of these countries we are working with the governments to stop the recruitment of child soldiers or demobilize those who may already be in the ranks,” Crowley said. “These countries have put the right policies in place but are struggling to effectively implement them. These waivers allow the United States to continue to conduct valuable training programs.”

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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3 Responses

  1. The Lazy Guy in the Oval Office has no time to work through the particulars and convey the RESOLVE of the United States with an approach that makes if clear to them that using their children is not acceptable. This guy manipulates children in the US, exploiting their trust and harvesting their votes. Just as he did with his campaign finance pledge, his pledge to oppose warrant-less wire-tapping, his promise is made to be broken once he’s gotten HIS. “Please, Baby, just one more chance.” Jon Stewart NAILED him, and Hillary can, too. A kindly delivered statement from Hillary, the mother, will be earned media for her. Although her work for children throughout her career has never been respected by “progressives,” the Secretary of State is more in tune with tradition than even she knows. The leaders of the World are confidant that she will find the right way to repudiate the Administration rather than go along to get along with the prick who is just trying to set her up to be fired. She can flip him the bird, get with the Clinton Initiative and say: “A.M.F!” (Adios, Mother Fuckers) to these users once and for all. Clearly, they’ve used her for their own purpose and now wish to lose her as the 2012 Campaign gears up. They’ve “screwed the pooch” for all Democrats by forcing the Health Care Reform through at the Incumbents’ expense, and must cop any remaining political capital for the “Obama Presidency”

    • You are absolutely right here! This is absolutely to destroy any chance Hillary has to ever run for POTUS – now is her chance to tell him to FO. She has proven herself and he certainly has proven himself – she should RUN not walk to the nearest exit and drop him ass right now. Save herself this is the final straw. They will NEVER ever EVER let this woman run for president of the US- never! Clearly they the Dems have it out for her. She and Bill should just ditch them! What a shame as this is the best chance to see a female president in the near future and everyone knows it but the good old boys will never allow it in this sonofabitchen backward country!

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  2. Betty Jean, Hillary is the ONLY person in there doing ANY work to try and high light the issues of women and children and yet they chose to try to tear her down and attack her over this instead of giving her the credit for ALL she’s done so far FOR women and children where NO ONE else has high lighted those issues ESPECIALLY sexual, physical and psychological violence against women and children. Nobody else cares but, she should resign so Obama can put in some regular jerk who will NEVER, EVER pay any attention to those issues? Obama did this not her and her leaving will NOT help more women and children around the world you can be sure of that. it will make things WORSE and she knows it.

    Still4hill, has plenty of what she is up to on her blog and so does Dipnote. There’s LOTS there to pay attention to.

    If she resigns we are stuck with ten times worse. The fact that the AP has pointed out that Obama specifically instructed her and gave her a memo to justify HIS actions will come back on Obama NOT HILLARY. All Hillary has to do is point to the MANY ways she has worked over the last to years to protect women and children and IN FACT was just in that camp for sexual slavery survivors in Cambodia. A place no OTHER S.O.S. has gone to….this will backfire on OBAMA. It’s all documented every detail of her work over the last two years. Without her in there we’d be stuck with yet another of Obama’s cronies from Chicago or worse. Another man who gives a rats ass about women’s issues at all.

    She will step down soon enough but, I am not looking forward to that day. They ALWAYS neglect to put any info out there about the good she is doing no thanks to Obama. This time though I think he shot himself in the foot since the AP has gone out of their way to high light that it was OBAMA who told her to do this and exactly how to do it.

    She’s not going to run against him in 2012 anyway. They would destroy her for that. She cannot primary the first A.A. POTUS. She’d be called worse than a r*cist for sure and she knows that. The only way that will happen is if he fails so badly the party has to beg her to run. Otherwise, she may go for in 2016 and I hope to dog she does.

    The MSM is full of shit and if anyone wants to REALLY know what Hillary Clinton S.O.S. is doing day to day including her harrowing schedule they should read dipnote *the S.O.S. blog, follow her You Tube pages, or at least keep up with the “Department of Homegirl Security” blog.

    In all the years I’ve been alive I’ve never seen someone work so hard as S.O.S. to high light the terrible conditions women and children face around the world as she has done. I hardly think her stepping down is going to lead to someone better than she is at this. THAT I think is why she took that position. She’s doing what she can under very trying circumstances. I’m pretty tired after some thirty seven years now of her not getting ANY credit for the things she’s doing but, getting the FULL blame when anything at all is wrong whether she is to blame for it or not. Some male S.O.S. wouldn’t be treated to such a double standard.

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