Bolton Bullets from Both Barrels
Scripps-Howard News Service 5.08.02
If anyone is still wondering about America's narrow escape in
December 2000, confirmation was delivered on Tuesday at the Heritage
Foundation. The Honorable John R. Bolton, Under Secretary of State
for Arms Control and International Security, delivered a major address
about U.S. foreign policy.
Had Al Gore been elected president, we would now be fighting global
warming, while our people, cities, country stand defenseless against
attackers who may come from any corner of the world. Eight years
of Clinton/Gore ought to be sufficient evidence for most. No George
W. Bush in the White House - no John R. Bolton at the State Department.
Easy it was not. During the Clinton years, Mr. Bolton made certain
everyone knew where he stood on every issue. His stock at the United
Nations was such that when the president considered him for the
post of Permanent U.S. Representative at the U.N., rumor has it
the organization threatened to abandon its headquarters in New York.
It bought them some time, but not much.
On Tuesday, Mr. Bolton fired a shot across the bow of Fidel Castro's
Cuba, and a full broadside at the United Nations' latest effort
to destabilize the world.
The speech was all about weapons of mass destruction, reaffirming
what the president already explained in his State of the Union address
about the "axis of evil." Details were presented about
the programs operated, and results achieved, by Iraq, North Korea,
Special attention was drawn to Iran's very dangerous level of readiness
to deploy weapons of mass destruction, and Russia's incomprehensible
furtherance of such readiness. As Mr. Bolton remarked, it boggles
the mind that Russia would see some advantage in aiding and abetting
such a development on its own Southern flank. Apparently, he recently
and publicly asked in Moscow if someone could explain what possible
interest Russia has in the matter. He is still waiting for a reply.
The speech then proceeded to its main theme, the identification
of three additional countries who, in defiance of their own treaty
obligations, produce and stockpile weapons of mass destruction.
Two of these, Libya and Syria, will surprise no one unduly and,
at this juncture, they have merely been invited to demonstrate adherence
to the treaties, with a warning that actions - rather than words
- will be closely monitored.
But the real meat of the event was a disclosure of Cuba's substantial
biological weapons' capability. And it was accompanied by an undisguised
expression of the Bush Administration's intention to meet this threat,
and all other threats, in any way necessary.
Cuba, of course, is a mere 90 miles from our shores. The proposed
International Criminal Court, on the other hand, was going to operate
right in our midst.
Not any more.
Following his speech, the audience was treated to the reading of
a terse letter John Bolton sent that same morning to Secretary General
Kofi Annan of the United Nations. In it, the United States serves
notice of its decision to disregard the signature insinuated on
December 31, 2000, by outgoing president William Jefferson Blythe
Clinton, and not to be a party to the Rome Statute establishing
the International Criminal Court.
Words may be inadequate to impart the significance of this close
escape. The intent behind the International Criminal Court has been
the subordination of America's citizens, and America's courts to
a body made up of countries mostly lacking anything you and I would
call "law." Even continental Europe, yes, Western Europe,
operates a legal system to which no self-respecting person in the
English-speaking world would submit.
The English-based legal system of the United States is unique.
"My home is my castle," "innocent until proven guilty,"
"a jury of your peers" - these are protections not even
the citizens of France, Italy or Germany enjoy. And they think of
themselves as nations of laws. Bodies constituted by the United
Nations, by definition and necessity, include countries whose leaders
never even considered a concept of law.
And Bill Clinton moved to subjugate every one of us to such a body.
And Al Gore's State Department, we can be certain, would have done
nothing to change that.
How long could the world remain stable if representatives of, say,
Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria and Fidel Castro's Cuba sat
in judgement of American citizens?
Before his current appointment, John Bolton proposed that one "unsigning"
could well lead to a whole series of them. Plenty of treaties are
as yet unratified by the U.S. Senate.
Let's get that show on the road.