President Bush has teed it up. All Senator Biden has to do now is swing for the fences.
If he does, U.S. ocean policy and foreign policy will be considerably stronger. And a handful of out of touch, ultra-conservative Senators will look much, much weaker.
I don’t get to say this often, but President Bush is doing the right thing. Here’s the statement:
I urge the Senate to act favorably on U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea during this session of Congress. Joining will serve the national security interests of the United States, including the maritime mobility of our armed forces worldwide. It will secure U.S. sovereign rights over extensive marine areas, including the valuable natural resources they contain. Accession will promote U.S. interests in the environmental health of the oceans. And it will give the United States a seat at the table when the rights that are vital to our interests are debated and interpreted.
— Scott Paul