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Official it is. A wonk I am now.

I just listened to 90 minutes of a Senate hearing on the Law of the Sea Treaty. It was compelling. I was fascinated. It featured testimony by really really smart people including the likes of Rumsfeld (war criminal) and John Negroponte (a classic Republican diplomat) and lottsa senators. And others.

I couldn’t’ turn away.

The treaty was first proposed when Nixon was Prez; it was practicallt re-written in the 80’s to satisfy the Reagan administration. We still haven’t signed.

Every living President. Every living Secretary of State. Every living Defense Secretary. Armies of serious military senior officer corp. They’ve all testified or written to advocate signing this treaty.

The rest of the world has signed. We haven’t. Guess who else hasn’t? Yemen. (We seem to be in their company a lot lately.)

Speaking against today was a ‘scholar’ from the Heritage Foundation and my favorite Senator of all time, the climate denial grand poohbah, James Inhofe. Who asked a lot of dumb questions.

I listened and I was fascinated. Is there a badge?