Sunday, March 08, 2009

Obama Considers Sell-out of US Military to International Criminal Court

The kangaroo court in The Hague, known as the International Criminal Court (ICC) may be the next stop for American troops if Resident Obama continues his present course. In 2002, President Bush, removed the United States from the Rome Statute that created the ICC because he rightfully did not want American troops to be tried for ginned-up war crimes by world leading tin horn despots with a grudge against America, freedom, and democratic principles.

Now that we have our own wannabe tin horn despot residing in the White House as Community Organizer in Chief, America needs to concern herself with the possibility that Obama will sell-out our military to the court of world retaliation.

From Friday's Telegraph, Gerald Warner cautions America about the actions being taken by Obama and his stooges to undermine the abilities of the US military and the very sovereignty of the United States to the benefit of the worst tyrannies on the planet. (All emphasis is mine. IR)

Barack Obama may subject US troops to International Criminal Court
Gerald Warner, The Telegraph, Mar 6, 2009

They are feeling good just now at The Hague, as the judges and pen-pushers of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adjourn to smart restaurants to celebrate the latest gesture-politics flexing of their muscles by issuing an arrest warrant for Omar al Bashir, the President of Sudan. They are feeling less good in Darfur, from which 10 international aid agencies were expelled in retaliation within four hours of the ICC initiative, cutting food supplies and closing clinics. One man's ego trip is another man's starvation.

But the people who should be feeling really nervous about this development are the citizens of the United States and more especially their armed forces. The signs are that the grandstanding Barack Obama is preparing to subject the United States to the jurisdiction of the ICC. In May, 2002 President Bush withdrew the United States from the Rome Statute which established the ICC. With America heading into global conflict, he had no wish to see US troops arraigned for alleged war crimes before a kangaroo court.

That was a wise decision and probably required in terms of the US Constitution. Already, however, the Obama administration is sending out very different messages. America helped defeat a proposal that the warrant for Bashir should be suspended for 12 months - which would have been a welcome respite for the soup kitchens of Darfur. This is a policy change of considerable significance.

Nor is it the only straw in the wind. Last month US Ambassador Susan Rice, in a closed meeting of the Security Council, supported the ICC, saying it "looks to become an important and credible instrument for trying to hold accountable the senior leadership responsible for atrocities committed in the Congo, Uganda and Darfur". A week later Ben Chang, spokesman for National Security Advisor General James Jones, took a similar line, telling the Washington Times: "We support the ICC in its pursuit of those who've perpetrated war crimes."

The next logical step is for the United States to sign up to the ICC. That would flatter Obama's ego as the conscience of the world. It would also put US servicemen at the mercy of any American-hating opportunists who might choose to arraign them on trumped-up charges before an alien court whose judges are likely to be ill-disposed towards America too.

In a joint analysis by David Scheffer (who helped set up the ICC) and John Hutson (former US Navy Judge Advocate General), the authors wrote: "If the United States were to join the ICC, one would have to accept at least the theoretical possibility that American citizens (particularly political and military leaders) could be prosecuted before the ICC on charges of committing atrocity crimes."

So, vengeful Democrats could facilitate the indictment of President George W Bush and all his senior commanders in Iraq. American troops on active service have been shown in polls to have little confidence in Barack Obama. His overtures to the ICC will hardly reverse that tendency.
With all the harm Obama has already done and the harm he is planning in the near term, it is good to realize he has single-handedly increased the sales of guns and ammunition in the United States among Republicans and Democrats alike who fear their rights are about to be negated. With our troops in the docket, a well armed citizenry is all that stands between freedom and tyranny.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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