US Isn’t Going to Sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty and I Can’t Imagine Why

Selling Tanks!  Photo credit:  Ben Job/REUTERS

Selling Tanks! Photo credit: Ben Job/REUTERS

The U.S. will join the likes of North Korea, Iran, and Syria by not ratifying the new arms trade treaty passed at the UN General Assembly.  President Obama committed to signing it, but it is an empty promise because the US Senate will not ratify it and he knows it. The Republicans won’t allow it.  That makes it safe for him to say the opposite of what he knows ‘we need to allow’ and keep his base happy (go team Repulicrat/Demican).  You know the military-industrial complex would be not be happy if America actually stopped being the world’s largest arms supplier.  That said, does anyone actually think less arms are going to be traded after this treaty?  Who will regulate the arms trade?  Oh that’s right, nobody – the UN has no enforcement ability.

An interesting side-note: China has now replaced Britain as the world’s 5th largest arms supplier.