Thursday, February 09, 2006

Pushing Back Against the ICC: U.S. Will Slash Military Aid to Bolivia

This IHT report suggests the U.S. is about to slash military aid to Bolivia by 96% in response to Bolivia's failure to ratify agreements shielding U.S. soldiers from the jurisdiction of the ICC. The State Department suggests this is because of a U.S. law requiring such aid to be cut, but it is also truee that federal law allows the State Department to waive aid cuts if it chooses. As Bolivia has just elected a hostile new president, there seems little motivation for giving such a waiver.