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Bolton: US Should Keep Hague at Arm's Length Over War Crimes Probe

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:11 AM

The United States has never recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and it shouldn't start now in the wake of its investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, John Bolton wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.

For the first time in its existence, the ICC has the U.S. in its sights in the form of American soldiers, and President Donald Trump's administration should do everything to prevent that — ignore them, Bolton writes.

"The Trump administration should not respond … in any way that acknowledges the ICC's legitimacy," Bolton writes. "The U.S. has never acknowledged the ICC's jurisdiction, and it should not start now.

"The U.S. has done more than any other nation to instill in its civilian-controlled military a respect for human rights and the laws of war. When American servicemembers violate their doctrine and training — which can happen in any human institution — the U.S. is perfectly capable of applying our own laws to their conduct," Bolton writes.

"These laws and procedures do not need to be second-guessed by international courts."

Bolton likens the ICC to our version of an independent special counsel, which operates without any oversight; the domestic version is bad enough than to let an international rogue committee meddle in our affairs.

"There are plenty of real criminal states in the world to keep the ICC busy, if it had the wit to focus on them. That it doesn't speaks volumes," Bolton writes. "America should welcome the opportunity, as in Churchill's line about Bolshevism, to strangle the ICC in its cradle. Other countries wanted the ICC; let them live with it."

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The United States has never recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and it shouldn't start now in the wake of its investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, John Bolton wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.
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