Foreign Policy

Bolton Rejects ICC Authority and Threatens Sanctions

He reminds Americans and the world that the U.S. is a sovereign nation that doesn't answer to a globalist court.

Political Editors · Sep. 11, 2018

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, announced Monday the new U.S. policy with respect to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bolton stated, “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens, and those of our allies, from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. We will not cooperate with the ICC. 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.”

Bolton made his statement to preempt the ICC’s attempt to initiate an investigation into U.S. military and government officials over dubious allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war in Afghanistan. He explained, “This administration will fight back to protect American constitutionalism, our sovereignty, and our citizens. No committee of foreign nations will tell us how to govern ourselves and defend our freedom.”

The U.S. has never recognized the jurisdictional authority of the ICC and has repeatedly rejected it as an infringement upon national sovereignty. But Bolton has not only rejected the ICC’s jurisdiction, he has further threatened the court’s legitimacy for its attempt to go after Israel. “The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” Bolton declared. “We will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel’s right to self-defense.”

Bolton’s actions are consistent with Trump’s overriding agenda — blowing up the Washington establishment class’s globalist enterprises. Whether it be pulling out of the Paris climate accord, ending Barack Obama’s terrible Iran deal, exiting the fraudulent UN Human Rights Council, or demanding that our NATO allies pay their fair share (just to name a few examples), Trump isn’t afraid to drop policy bombs. Trump has made it clear he doesn’t answer to the globalists; he unapologetically fights for America first.

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