We always hear how other countries the world over violate international law with impunity, how various governments behave illegitimately, and how the United States is justified in taking action to remedy these deplorable misdeeds. Well, whatĚs good for the goose is good for the gander, so it's high time that American history received an international legal analysis. After performing a brief examination of some events in our nationĚs past - some more well-known than others - it becomes evident that America too has a nasty habit of playing fast and loose with the very rules that it applies to others. This analysis is not meant to demonize America, rather to shed some light on the often esoteric realm of international law and to equip the reader to think critically the next time a presidential administration proclaims that another country is acting illegally. The list that follows is far from exhaustive, but hopefully it makes its point.
The United States: International Outlaw?
1 THOMAS A. BAILEY & DAVID M. KENNEDY, THE AMERICAN PAGEANT 586-90 (7th ed. 1983).
LAFEBER, AMERICA, RUSSIA, AND THE COLD WAR: 1945-1992 161 (7th ed. 1993.