Bush is a visionary. He apparently had the foresight to anticipate that something like the Downing Street minutes would leak, exposing his early decision and preparations for the Iraq Invasion. There was insufficient legal reason to invade so he exaggerated Iraq's WMDs: "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." He also took measures to protect himself because aggressive invasion of another country is a war crime in the ICC: International Criminal Court code.

His action was simple. He unsigned the documents that committed the U.S. as a member of ICC. Also, he required all nations that receive aid from the U.S. to sign a bilateral agreement to not turn over Americans accused of war crimes to the ICC for prosecution.

In November 2002, Bush's appointee Undersecretary of State John Bolton confessed that the primary reason for the opposition to the creation of the ICC was fear that the court might prosecute Bush himself. Aware of how his party had harassed President Clinton, Bolton said: "That history argues overwhelmingly against international repetition. Simply launching massive criminal investigations has an enormous political impact. Although subsequent indictments and convictions are unquestionably more serious, a zealous independent prosecutor can make dramatic news just by calling witnesses and gathering documents, without ever bringing formal charges.61;

Well before the July 23, 2002 Downing Street meeting, Bush was trying to exempt Americans from ICC rulings.

The June 13, 2001 edition of The New York Times reported "Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said after a meeting with Kofi Annan earlier this year that the Bush administration would never support the (International Criminal) court. United Nations officials say the administration has quietly asked the United Nations whether it can rescind Washington's signature." The "Washington's signature" referred to President Clinton's signature on the ICC membership document.

In Bush's vision, John Bolton is the ideal person for the job of UN Ambassador. In his work in every Republican administration since 1980, "Bolton has become known as the right's most effective and strident opponent of the United Nations and all forms of global governance and international law not controlled by the US government," wrote Tom Barry in The Armageddon Man.

In mid 2002, a senior administration advisor said to journalist Ron Suskind of The New York Times Magazine, "'guys like me were in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'''

The rest of the world's nightmare - Bush's vision - is that the United States not be answerable to any higher authority than God: a global empire.

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