posted on Feb, 4 2011 @ 07:41 PM
Originally posted by howmuch4another
reply to post by schuyler
Using your example of HOS coming to power I think that this (voiding a treaty) would probably only fall on the treaties he personally signed if it
could be done at all.
The thing is, treaties that Obama personally signs are signed with Obama as Head of State representing the country itself. Unlike a treaty with "The
King of Spain," for example, the treaty is not between Obama as an individual and another country (or individual). The "legal entity" here is the
country, not the person, and that is in all ther documents. The fact that in our system such a treaty must be ratified by Congress shows that "the
people" must also be involved and agree to the treaty. If a country, such as Russia, for example, which just ratified an arms treaty with us, accepts
the treaty, then it's a done deal. Subsequent Heads of State cannot dismiss the treaty (not legally, anyway) and are bound by it. The entire
treaty/diplomacy thing is built on this.
That's a major worry in Israel right now, the fear that the treaty negotiated by Sadat (or his minions, more likely) and upheld by Mubarak, might be
abrogated if the government is held to be invalid. Netanyahu, for his port, has also adhered to the treaty signed by Begin. My guess is that is now US
strategy, to ease Mubarak out WHILE MAINTAINING the "legitomacy" (OK. I laugh, too) of the current governmental infrastructure of Egypt to maintain
continuity (And for that we need the Egyptian Army). If this turns into an Iranian-style revolution, all bets are off and we would be in for a very