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April 09, 2005



While they are typically leftist extremists, the Democratic Underground made a good point. America is unilaterally reducing its ties to some countries over their support of the ICC.

What are your thoughts on this angle?


I followed the link, but do not know the current status of US relations on a military level with South American countries.

I do believe that because of the US superpower status that foreign nations will attempt to use the ICC to constrict US involvement. When a country like Germany can have a case go through their court system that has a goal of trying Sec. Def. Donald Rumsfeld for "war crimes" does not add to my confidence level of what international law and criminal courts will wreck on US service members.

I think the Bush Administration is right to be leary of the ICC. The US picks up the bill, sends its soldiers to possibly die for others freedom, and at the end of the day, nations that have a bone to pick with the US will politicize the ICC against us.

That is my overall thought on why the State Department and Defense Department are not happy with any support of the ICC.

Kind regards,

Dawn's Early Light


I agree with your skepticism of the ICC. Much of the effort seems intent on entangling US troops for missions the international community demands. Hypocracy.

Nonetheless, the ICC could be a useful tool for us in rounding up the Mugabes and Taylors (and their goons) of the world.

Hopefully we can find a middle ground, that protects American soldiers, convicts the goons, and maintains our ties to Latin America.

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