The Intercept: The U.S. Goes to War Against the ICC to Cover Up Alleged War Crimes in Afghanistan


The United States has never been a friend of the International Criminal Court. While relations between the U.S. and the ICC have fluctuated over the course of different administrations, the American government has steadfastly refused to take the step that 124 other states have of ratifying the Rome Statute and thus becoming a member of the international legal body. The ICC’s mandate to investigate war crimes has thus been hampered by the unwillingness of the world’s sole superpower to commit to the organization.

Recent statements from the Trump administration suggest that the United States is now preparing to go to war against the ICC itself, motivated largely by an effort to silence investigations into alleged American war crimes committed in Afghanistan, as well as alleged crimes committed by Israel during the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip. In a speech at a D.C. event held by the Federalist Society on Monday, Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton denounced the ICC as “illegitimate” and expressed his intentions toward the institution in no uncertain terms. “We will not cooperate with the ICC,” Bolton said. “We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

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  1. This means also that , any army that fights against the USA may slaughter the GI without limit in cruelty : No ICC nor any moral consideration can prevail , since the courageous chief of the USA does not fear them … for himself.
    No one ever imagine the trite atrocities of wars , as long he is confortable in his armchair

  2. This is actually old news, Bush adm. already instilled “Hague invasion act” back in 2002. Nothing surprising coming from ubermenschen indispensable western nations USA, Israel, UK etc. Just observe the Hague proceedings about ex Yugoslavia, war crimes trials where folks like Warren Zimmerman or Paddy Ashdown had maximum accountability and ended up with zero responsibility. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.

  3. Gee – why doesn`t Bolton just wear a sign around his neck saying ‘ we have committed war crimes which is why we won`t cooperate’!! He might as well; since it`s so obvious!!

  4. I didnt know before about the USA aka John ” Schnauzer ” Bolton holds the International Crminal Court in contempt , now that’s a New one but According to recent Records The USA IS NOT SIGNATORY TO MOST OF “”” STANDARD & ORDINARY LAWS , REGULATIONS AGREEMENTS ETC , theyre Not Signatory Particalarly Refusing the Common Everybody Signed International Agreements … such as those specially related to ” WarCrimes ” coz theyre loaded up with it Since the WW2 a country small one Decimated every two Years …. First the get the Idiot population to go Rabid and Blood thirsty to get them to Allow Massacres being cheered upon ,to go on the rampage somewhere far away ….. USA Follows NO Decent Rules people have agreed upon internationally …..

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