Donald Rumsfeld, who is five times more persuasive than these former secretaries of state, opposes LOST because it "remains a sweeping power grab that could prove to be the largest mechanism for the worldwide redistribution of wealth in human history." It "would regulate American citizens and businesses without being accountable politically to the American people." Which makes it shameful that the Chamber of Commerce is campaigning for LOST through an organization with the Orwellian name The American Sovereignty Campaign.
If the Navy supports LOST because the civilian leadership does, fine. But if the Navy thinks it cannot operate well without LOST, we need better admirals not better treaties. Here is an alternative proposal for enhancing the lawfulness of the seas: Keep the money LOST would transfer to ISA and use it to enlarge the Navy.
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