Everyone knows that U.S. military power is without equal. Europe is too busy spending its money on wildly inflated pensions and early retirement plans while Russia and China can’t afford to build and maintain a decent navy. Because of the rest of the world’s failures we remain the only superpower left, and most Americans agree that it should stay that way. But not Obama. Rather than recognize that we are truly the arsenal of democracy and the world’s last, best chance for freedom, Obama has the mentality that we are a rouge nation that must be brought under the control of far wiser international politicians.
The mechanism that Obama seeks to hand over control of the U.S. military to the UN is the International Criminal Court (ICC). Established in 2002, the ICC has been given the mandate to “prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.” What is a “crime of aggression”? It’s any military action that has not received permission from the U.N. Security Council to occur. By signing onto the ICC, which George W. Bush refused to do and even Russia, China and India are smart enough to avoid, “our presidents and Cabinet officials could be prosecuted criminally for going to war without U.N. approval.”
Hillary has described our non-signatory status “a great regret” and under her leadership the Obama administration has pursued a steady program of engagement even though the ICC “has been criticized for: absence of jury trials; allegations of retrials allowed for errors of fact; allegations that hearsay evidence is allowed; allegations of no right to a speedy trial, a public trial or reasonable bail.”
By signing on with the ICC, American politicians and military personnel would be at the mercy of a Netherlands based judicial system and give the UN veto power over when and where we go to war. Combined with the “responsibility to protect”, which mandates military action as the UN sees fit, this would allow other nations to co-opt our military power for their own purposes, making the American taxpayer and Congress nothing more than a piggybank to pay for whatever war the UN deems necessary.
The Libyan war was a test run of this internationalist philosophy. Even though Libya posed not the slightest threat to American security, the U.S. military went in guns a blazing because the UN Security Council said we should. Obama didn’t even bother to consult Congress beforehand, which ironically was willing to give him permission if only he had asked. Not surprisingly the conflict exposed the inherent military weakness of the international community as both France and Great Britain ran out of precision bombs less than a month into the campaign.