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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Freeze! Or I'll urge my friends to write you a letter threatening to sanction you!

There is a hilarious scene in the movie Team America: World Police (by the creators of South Park) where Hans Blix, the famed UN arms inspector, visits the maniacal Kim Jong Il of North Korea:

Kim Jong Il: Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!
Hans Blix: Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.
Kim Jong Il: Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?
Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.
Kim Jong Il: Or else what?
Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.
Kim Jong Il: OK, Hans. I'll show you. Stand to your reft.
Hans Blix: [Moves to the left]
Kim Jong Il: A rittle more.
Hans Blix: [Moves to the left again]
Kim Jong Il: Good. [Opens up trap, Hans falls in]

I couldn't help but think of that scene when I read the following stories.

6 Powers Agree on Draft Iran Sanctions

Iran hails new delivery of nuclear fuel from Russia

Here is some actual text from one of these articles. Note the "Breaking News" in the middle:

"We agreed together today on the contents of such a resolution," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting his counterparts from the U.S., France, Britain, Russia and China. "Germany, France and Great Britain will submit a draft resolution to the Security Council."

The U.S. official referred specially to travel bans and asset freezes, but said the group agreed not to release the full text of the agreement until it had been distributed to the rest of the Security Council.

"This is a swift reminder to the Iranians that they are not in compliance," the U.S. official said.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BERLIN (AP)—Six world powers may not agree to new measures against Iran's nuclear program after a meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, but the talks themselves show Tehran that the group still wants it to halt uranium enrichment, top diplomats said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he could not predict if the meeting would produce a resolution on possible new sanctions, but stressed that the gathering of the foreign ministers of permanent U.N. Security Council members Britain, the U.S., France, Russia and China—plus Germany—sent a strong message.

Seriously, are you kidding me? Is the United States even a sovereign nation at this point. It appears we are de facto citizens of the United Nations.

Remember that document called the, uh the, uh the Constitution. Among the Enumerated Powers of the Congress in Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution:

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

Article II, Section 2 says of the President: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur

No mention of Hans Brix.

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