International Law

Andy McCarthy writes:

The International Criminal Court Claims Jurisdiction Over the United States… at least for our “torture” and other “war crimes” in Afghanistan. That we have never ratified the Rome Treaty or agreed to submit to the ICC’s authority is irrelevant, according to the chief prosecutor.

Though I can understand why that abrogation of sovereignty would trouble Mr. McCarthy, who presumably wants powerful international actors to be legitimate and accountable to the populations subject to its coercive power, it is difficult to square with his simultaneous belief that the United States has “jurisdiction” to snatch up anyone in any country on earth, fly them to Gitmo, present no evidence that they are guilty of anything, and hold them until the threat of international terrorism is gone, which is to say, forever.