As senators ponder the treaty yet again, they would do well to consider the question: What, exactly, do we gain by joining LOST? In the most recent Senate hearing, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs: "Does failure to ratify this treaty in any way compromise the ability of the United States to project force around the world, to support and sustain our allies? Are we at risk as a result of failure to ratify this treaty?"
Dempsey's response boiled down to "no."
"Our ability to project force will not deteriorate," he said, if we refrain from ratifying the treaty.
Why risk sacrificing U.S. sovereignty under the treaty if it makes us no more secure? After all, what initially established and still ensures freedom of navigation under international law is naval power. To secure navigational freedom, territorial rights and all national and international interests addressed in LOST, we must maintain the strength of the U.S. Navy, not look to an anachronistic pact that is intent on advancing a one-world agenda.
Edwin Meese III, U.S. attorney general in the Reagan administration, is chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.
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