Warmonger John Bolton’s Rage

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Bolton’s appointment as Trump regime national security advisor, along with Pompeo at State, assured endless wars of aggression on humanity more than already.

Both figures deplore world peace and stability. They never met a geopolitical situation they didn’t want addressed by terror-bombing.

They’re both militantly hostile to Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, and other independent nations on their target list for regime change.

Bolton earlier urged war on Iran and North Korea. He called Bashar al-Assad “a satellite of the ayatollahs in Iran,” wanting legitimate governments in both countries toppled.

He considers all sovereign independent states a threat to US security. He and Pompeo elevated the risk of possible nuclear war instead of stepping back from the brink.

On Monday, Bolton’s address at the extremist right wing Federalist Society sounded like something out of Joseph Goebbels’ playbook.

He raged against the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling it “ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous” – absurdly accusing the court of “assault(ing) the constitutional rights of the American people and the sovereignty of the United States.”

Established by the Rome Statute on July 1, 2002, it’s mandated to prosecute individuals for genocide and aggression, as well as crimes of war and against humanity.

Instead of fulfilling its mandate, it operates as an imperial tool, supporting powerful interests, targeting officials in independent states Washington and other Western nations oppose. 

It lets America, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners get away with mass murder – never holding any of their officials accountable for the highest of high crimes, prosecuting their victims alone.

In August 2002, the American Service Members’ Protection Act (aka The Hague Invasion Act) was enacted into US law. 

It “protect(s) United States military personnel and other elected and appointed officials of the United States government against criminal prosecution by an international court to which the United States is not party.”

It authorizes the president to use “all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any US or allied personnel being detained or imprisoned by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

It prohibits the extradition of anyone from America to the ICC, action only against US enemies permitted.

Bolton: “Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president of the United States.” 

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.”

“We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC.”

“We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us” – except when prosecuting US enemies, often unjustly accused of crimes committed against them.

Bolton absurdly claimed the ICC “threatens American sovereignty…US national security interests” and Israel, falsely calling the apartheid state “a liberal, democratic nation,” turning truth on its head claiming its naked aggression is “self-defense.”

Bolton: “If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly.”

He threatened punitive action against the court and its judges, saying “(w)e will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.”

Neocon extremist Bolton represents the hard right in America’s lunatic fringe, a hugely dangerous figure with enormous influence over the Trump regime’s geopolitical agenda as national security advisor.

America’s war on humanity could escalate far more dangerously and recklessly than already with him, Pompeo, and Pentagon hawks in charge of US warmaking.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.