Republicans Deride and Undermine ICC
The International Criminal Court, which Bill Clinton signed up to (and Bush renounced in May 2002), was always going to be the best way to deal with Saddam Hussein and his ilk.
The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives has approved a measure that would ban certain kinds of economic aid to U.S. allies if they fail to sign a bilateral accord forbidding them from transferring U.S. citizens or foreign nationals working for the United States to the jurisdiction of the one-year-old International Criminal Court (ICC).
House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay, describing the ICC, which is backed by nearly 100 countries, including Canada, and all of Washington's traditional European allies except Turkey, as UN Secretary General "Kofi Annan's Kangaroo Court" whose legitimacy was "laughable."
"The ICC presents a clear and present danger to the war on terror and to Americans that are fighting it all over the world," said DeLay...This follows the administration's decision two months ago to cut off military aid to about three dozen countries that have ratified the Rome Statute and refused to sign a bilateral immunity agreement (BIT) with the U.S. that would guarantee that they would not turn over to the ICC U.S. citizens or foreign nationals working for the U.S. to the ICC.
Jim Lobe has more.