John Bolton’s Big Stand

The National Security Advisor is threatening International Criminal Court justices with sanctions for looking into U.S. abuses in Afghanistan.

A report published by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2016 indicates that U.S. soldiers committed war crimes against the people of Afghanistan over the course of the country’s military intervention.

And Mr. Bolton is threatening any of the judges who go forward with an investigation into the allegations with U.S. sanctions.

Every prior comment, opinion, and position that Bolton has put forward or defended over the years has borne the subtext of a desire for a very specific world order.

One that is not unfamiliar in living memory.

And this week, Bolton showed those true colors of his once again by refusing to cooperate with an ICC investigation into alleged war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

“We will respond against the ICC and its personnel to the extent permitted by U.S. law. We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, we will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system and we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.” — Bolton

It is important to note, as well, that Bolton does not restrict the context of his threats to the Afghanistan investigation alone — “We will do the same for any company or state that assists in an ICC investigation of Americans.”

Nor does he restrict them to the investigation of military personnel. Or to the ICC.

There is a difference between explicitly saying that he will do the same to any entity that pursues any type of criminal investigation against any American person and what he actually said, but it is a very fine line, indeed.

Thankfully, the judges of the ICC appear to be unfazed by Bolton’s threats.

Yet, as comforting as that may be, it is somewhat lessened by Bolton’s sheer lack of regard for the gravity of the situation.

“We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” — Bolton

Many like-minded government officials have danced on and off the world stage throughout the course of human history, and we have yet to witness a single one contribute an ounce of good to the world.

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this topic.


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