Friday, June 09, 2006

More on Bachelet and Bush

From the FT – Not only is Bachelet under pressure from the Bush administration not to support Venezuela’s bid for a Security Council seat, but there is also the pending issue of granting a waiver (often called an Article 98 exemption) to U.S. citizens for the ICC. In the Chilean case, the punishment could include denial of pilot training for their new F-16s. The article does note something that has become more clear, namely that the U.S. military thinks these ICC-based punishments are a bad idea.

It is hard to see Bachelet buckling under to that pressure, because it would greatly weaken her political standing domestically. I can't think of any way of providing the waiver without looking like a stooge of the Bush administration.


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