Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Another Little Defeat for the Obama Administration and One with Very Dangerous Implications

By Barry Rubin

The International Criminal Court has now made "aggression" a war crime. The U.S. government opposed this, though it is--thankfully--not a member and thus had no vote. In theory, this is a good move, assuming of course that it would be used against countries which are...aggressive. But the way things are going today it is only a matter of time before it will be used against the United States itself or Israel, or some other Western democracy, rather than a country like Iran or Syria.

While the Obama Administration rightfully opposed this change, we are supposed to believe that its tremendous popularity and policies of conciliation could mobilize international support against such a measure. This is one more sign that the current government has neither power nor credibility.

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