U.N. Arms Trade Treaty: U.S. Decision to Sign Treaty Shows Review Process Was Rushed

In spite of the fact that other nations are free to have high standards, have repeatedly voted in favor of such standards, are on the verge of signing a binding treaty that supposedly mandates these standards—and have often demanded even higher standards—and in spite of the U.S.’s record of responsible behavior and its provision of millions of dollars of foreign aid, the Arms Trade Treaty’s supporters argue that the U.S. needs to sign the treaty for it to work and in order to set an example for other nations. If the world’s nations all want the treaty so badly, they should happily sign and implement it regardless of what the U.S. does.

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