The Obama Administration is often at odds with Russia and China, but it has found one area upon which they agree: cluster bombs. With Israel, the United States has joined China and Russia to fight an international effort to ban cluster bombs which maim and kill thousands of innocent civilians, particularly children. They were banned under a 2008 convention signed by over 100 countries but not the United States. England finds itself in the odd position to fighting the United States in its effort to rid the world of these weapons.
Britain was successful in maintaining a coalition to defeat an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The leading cluster bomb manufacturers – including Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan — were the only major allies that the Obama Administration could muster for the cluster.
Not our proudest moment and yet another incongruous position from our resident Nobel Peace Prize winner.