Pamela Geller, in her book The Post-American Presidency, has some interesting perceptins as to the Obama antipathy to American sovereignty. 1. This President is clearly in favor of giving up American sovereignty in favor of the primacy of international law, i.e., regulations on climate change, gun control, free speech (including the Internet), accession to the replacement of the dollar as the basic international currency. a. Since the founding of our nation, the United States has championed international law Promoting strong international norms helps us advance many interests, including non-proliferation, free and fair trade, a clean environment, and protecting our troops in wartime. Respect for international legal norms also plays a vital role in fighting terrorism.The American Society of International Law 2008 - Barack Obama Survey b. A major problem for the United States at the United Nations is what is known as norming. Norming is the idea that the U.S. should base its decisions on some kind of international consensus, rather than making its decisions as a constitutional democracy. It is a way in which the Europeans and their left-wing friends here and elsewhere try and constrain U.S. sovereignty. The fact is that were sitting with a majority of countries that have no traditions or understanding of liberty. https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2008&month=04 c. For those who fail to see American exceptionalism, that America has always been a leader and a light to the world, of course, accepting international norms is acceptable, even desirable. 2. President Bush had boycotted the UN Human Rights Council due to its endless demonization of Israel, and its willful blindness to human-rights violations in Islamic countries, i.e., Sudan among others. a. The 47-nation body has condemned Israel in 80% of its country censures, in 20 of 25 resolutions. The other 5 texts criticized North Korea once, and Myanmar four times. The Council has ignored the UNs other 189 countries, including the world's worst abusers. While Darfur was addressed several times, these resolutions were non-condemnatory, often praising Sudan for "cooperation." Human Rights Council - UN Watch b. Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council the latest by the Obama administration to emphasise a shift from the strategy of the previous Bush administration, FT.com / US & Canada - Obama to seal US-UN relationship 3. In March 2009, the Obama administration dropped the term enemy combatant for prisoners at Gitmo, and instead adopted international laws of war. Eric Holder announced: As we work towards developing a new policy to govern detainees, it is essential that we operate in a manner that strengthens our national security, is consistent with our values, and is governed by law." a. Not American law, international law. Norming. The Justice Department announced proudly that its new policy draws on the international laws of war to inform the statutory authority conferred by Congress. Welcome to the United States Department of Justice b. How about subjecting Americans to international law? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed "great regret" in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague. Daniel Schwammenthal: Prosecuting American 'War Crimes' - WSJ.com Note: President Bush refused to accept jurisdiction of the ICC. c. The Obama Administration has not announced a comprehensive US policy toward the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, several actions and statements by the Administration indicate elements of such a policy,while other areas remain unclear. April 18, 2011 http://www.amicc.org/docs/ObamaPolicy.pdf 4. If recollection serves, didn't Kerry lose support when he suggested that the US should look to international consensus..."Kerry starts with a concept of Americas role in the world that places much more weight on diplomacy, consensus-building, and the role of international institutions than the current administration."http://www.observerindia.com/cms/export/orfonline/modules/orfmonitor/attachments/em041004_1163572150422.pdf Did American suddenly change, or is this another example of the MSM hiding a candidates true motivations? And how will Americans view Obama 'internationalism' in 2012?