Sunday, April 19, 2009

Harold Koh watches too much Star Trek...

RedState comments on Newsweek's evaluation of the Harold Koh nomination to be lead legal advisor to the US State Department:

Conservatives pundits and media have been sounding alarm bells about President Obama’s nomination of transnationalism-touting Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh to be the State Department’s top legal adviser. But even Newsweek’s balanced piece on the Koh nomination (April 27 issue), which concludes that he should be confirmed, enumerates plenty of reasons to be alarmed.
Personally, I think RedState left out the most grimace worthy possibility that could result from such a placement. I touched on it previously. Newsweek only bumps into the topic:

Would Koh argue that the United States should submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, even if it means extraditing American officials to be tried as war criminals?
This approach would literally "hogtie" our military. And, you will recall that they are already consorting with lawyers before acting in a lot of matters. Think about the recruiting problems that would result if a soldier would have to rely on a foreigner's opinion as to whether they deserved to sit in front of an Anti-American Judge over in Hague in order to determine whether a crime had been committed on the battlefield.

Further, consider the most recent horse manure that just passed in the United Nations making it a crime and a human rights violation to apply "blasphemy" towards religion (Muslims...actually).

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations Thursday urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism.

The proposal put forward by Pakistan on behalf of Islamic countries — with the backing of Belarus and Venezuela — had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaigners and liberal democracies.
Newsweek may think that Harold Koh is a fine candidate to advise Foggy Bottom on legality and appropriate application of international law. Fortunately, Newsweek has not been right on much in the last decade, and their atrocious circulation figures reflect that very item. Koh, should he be consistent with his teachings and comments of the past would categorically hand over the sovereignty of this nation. Nothing of the current Administration indicates that there would be any opposition to this philosophy. In fact, it would seem that this has been the plan all along.