Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We were against child trafficking before we were for it. Nice example of conflicting policy goals...

Using the bully pulpit to address the human tragedy of human trafficking is a good thing. To exempt the most vile offenders/perpetrators of said tragedy, well, not so much...

Executive Order - Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking In Persons In Federal Contracts
"When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed -- that's slavery," Obama said in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. "It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty."
Celebrate, Children of the World!
Oh, Wait. Not so fast

  Obama waives sanctions on countries that use child soldiers

""Late Friday afternoon, Obama issued a presidential memorandum waiving penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008 for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, penalties that Congress put in place to prevent U.S. arms sales to countries determined by the State Department to be the worst abusers of child soldiers in their militaries. The president also partially waived sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow some military training and arms sales to that country.""
Party is over, children. Back to work...
Source: Foreign Policy Magazine

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