Skip to comments.In Win for Bolton, International Criminal Court Will Not Prosecute US Troops
Posted on 04/16/2019 10:06:11 PM PDT by deks
The International Criminal Court will not investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by the U.S. and its allies in the early days of the War on Terror, rejecting a request from the chief prosecutor to launch a formal probe into the matter and handing an ideological victory to National Security Advisor John Bolton on a pet issue that he has made a focus of the Trump administration.
The United States is not a signatory to the ICC and administrations of both parties have long been wary of the Hague, in part out of concern that it might allow for the prosecution of American officials for military action.
The Trump administration has pushed back fiercely on the proposed investigation from the beginning. Last September, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the court that if it tried to pursue an investigation of Americans there would be consequences. Pompeo criticized the Hagues broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers and the threat it poses to American national sovereignty. That same month, Bolton warned that the United States would use any means necessary to protect American officials from prosecution. Before taking office, he urged the White House to strangle the ICC in its cradle and made it the subject of his first speech as national security advisor.
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That’s good news. I had forgotten about this case.
I’m glad the president and J. Bolton did not forget about it.
Does that mean send in the tanks? 👍😄
One tool used was to revoke the US visas of some of the people involved.
Yes, that puts off sending in the tanks, but going strictly from memory here, didn't Pompeo already revoke some visas? I just can't recall who they were.
Even if this had gone to the next step (approved visas), no one has yet explained how you’d grant these ICC figures ‘authority’ to question, interrogate, or hold US military personnel within the borders of the US.
I’ll point out as well...these ICC situations have come up with three previous Presidents (Clinton, Bush & Obama), and each eventually said ‘no’. The minute that any President allows some visa and authority...you might as well disband the US military because no one is going to accept orders to deploy or fight in some campaign, if this group is in the shadows.
Good news. Now go dismantle ICC for good.
I’ve always liked Bolton. It saddens me
to see him consistently trashed on FR.
I’d say there are “paid trashers” on FR at this point. I just see too many positive threads turned into negatives.
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