Three Days After Denouncing Child Soldier 'Slavery', Obama Waived Sanctions on countries using chi

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posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 11:35 AM
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Late Friday afternoon, Obama issued a presidential memorandum waiving penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008 for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, penalties that Congress put in place to prevent U.S. arms sales to countries determined by the State Department to be the worst abusers of child soldiers in their militaries. The president also partially waived sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow some military training and arms sales to that country.
Human rights advocates saw the waivers as harmful to the goal of using U.S. influence to urge countries that receive military assistance to move away from using child soldiers and contradictory to the rhetoric Obama used in his speech.

"After such a strong statement against the exploitation of children, it seems bizarre that Obama would give a pass to countries using children in their armed forces and using U.S. tax money to do that," said Jesse Eaves, the senior policy advisor for child protection at World Vision.

The Obama administration doesn't want to upset its relationships with countries that it needs for security cooperation, but the blanket use of waivers is allowing the administration to avoid the law's intent, which was to use force the U.S. government to put a greater priority on human rights and child protection when doling out military aid, he said.

"The intent in this law was to use this waiver authority only in extreme circumstances, yet this has become an annual thing and this has become the default of this administration," Eaves said.


I'm sure this is a non story. After all, the MSM is ignoring it and Obama supporters dismiss it! I'm sure they will show up to denounce the US for letting 18 year old "kids" fight in wars.




posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 12:28 PM
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Flip-Flop, typical politician, Obama's just another scumbag in a long line of scumbags controlled by the same bunch of scumbags that control Romney as well. Actually, you mentioned 18 year olds as kids, no, child soldiers in the Congo and other places are as young as 8 or 9 years old. That's one helluva difference to 18.

Cheers - Dave
edit on 10/3.2012 by bobs_uruncle because: apostrophe



posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 01:51 PM
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ATS is usually outraged about things like this. It just goes to show nobody here denies ignorance, partisanship or manufactured outrage.



posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 03:43 PM
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This is very old news.For that very reason is why I scoffed at all the KONY Propaganda.



posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by PvtHudson
ATS is usually outraged about things like this. It just goes to show nobody here denies ignorance, partisanship or manufactured outrage.



YUP





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posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 03:28 PM
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Does it have anything to do with making the rich "pay their fair share?"
Does it have anything to do with jobs?
Does it have anything to do with Wall Street?
Does it have anything to do with racism?

If the answer is "no", it's not a topic ATS or the U.S. as a whole cares about.

/TOA



posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 11:29 PM
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I joined the Army when I was 18 that is also the legal age to vote.

Where have you been? This is common knowledge. If I am not mistaken it is also the age Romney ran to France to get out serving in the military or maybe he dodged by hiding behind his religion and now he wants to be Commander and Chief.





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