In a recent edition of Time Magazine - I cannot find the article online, nor do I have access to a print copy anymore - a short article regarding the actions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against African dictator stated that members of the United States government refused to let the United States recognize the Court because they feared the President George W. Bush might be prosecuted for war crimes related to the war in Iraq.

Regardless of the actual motivations behind the United States' decision, did any government official actually claim this?

  • I would be grateful if anyone could find the exact quote or a link to the article. – HDE 226868 Jul 1 '15 at 23:30
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    politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/jul/17/… this is slightly ontopic for your review. – Himarm Jul 1 '15 at 23:53
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    This question is unclear. The title is about motivations (off-topic) but the body disclaims that. Are you asking if the Time magazine article is right about this claim, or are you asking us to just find out whether the article exists, and matches your memory? – Oddthinking Jul 2 '15 at 1:39
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    @Oddthinking He's asking, is there's evidence that any government official stated that as a reason? I assume that Americans spoke mostly about the possibility of American military personnel being indicted, so maybe the question is whether any government official also ever mentioned a possibility that the American President (and in particular, President Bush) might be. – ChrisW Jul 2 '15 at 14:24
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    Trying to demonstrate that the above is a notable claim, this page for example alleges that the following were among the claims made by the Bush Administration: Claim: The ICC could investigate and prosecute US leaders for the "crime of aggression." and Claim: The Court could be politically motivated against US leaders and soldiers. – ChrisW Jul 2 '15 at 16:35

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