The Bad Romance Between America and the Hague
The President's national security adviser John Bolton recently gave a speech to the International criminal court where he promised that Washington will impose sanctions against the International Criminal Court and will not recognize any of its decisions if they attempt to indict Americans in alleged war-crimes in Afghanistan.
Even while George W. Bush was in power, Balton criticized the international criminal court and last year he openly called it a direct threat to the sovereignty of the United States.
In fact, the main goal of the ICC, established in 2002, is to investigate the most common war crimes and genocide, which are a great concern to the international community and which have had tragic consequences for countries unable or unwilling to work with the court. The court has opened several cases against Arab and African countries, many of which refused to recognize the court and its decision.
The United States initially refused to ratify the Statute of the ICC: the so-called Rome Statute. Moreover, after the court began to investigate numerous cases of alleged illegal behavior by the US military in Afghanistan, including cases where civilians suffered or were executed by US soldiers, Washington decided to declare the inadmissibility of any condemnation of its policy by third parties.
George W. Bush also spoke about the desire to protect his soldiers from international persecution and he named it as one of the reasons why Congress has refused to recognize the court and its Statute, despite the fact that the Rome Statute had already been signed.
Washington's position has been criticized by the international human rights organization Amnesty International, whose members called on the US to stop covering up the crimes its citizens committed in Afghanistan.