I’m interested. I really, really am. And I guess it depends on who’s defining the term as to who’s defined as one. I’ve got an idea for a definition.
How about: a nation that consistently and egregiously defies international law to do what it wants, caring only about its interests and neglecting the good of the whole.
We, the United States, certainly have used that against that loony Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, against North Korea, and it was one of the main substantiations for the war in Iraq. We said things like “That Saddam Hussein is a rogue leader of a rogue nation, constantly thumbing his nose at international law.”
Try these links on for size.
In an excerpt from the article,
The president’s wartime power as commander in chief would not be limited by the U.N. treaties against torture. ‘Our previous opinions make clear that customary international law is not federal law and that the president is free to override it at his discretion,’ said the memo written by John Yoo, who was then deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.
The memo also offered a defense in case any interrogator was charged with violating U.S. or international laws. ‘Finally, even if the criminal prohibitions outline above applied, and an interrogation method might violate those prohibitions, necessity or self-defense could provide justifications for any criminal liability,’ the memo concluded.”
Here’s another fun link. “Chertoff; Laws to be waived for Border Defense”
The Department of Homeland Security will bypass environmental and land-management laws to build hundreds of miles of border fence between the United States and Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday. “Criminal activity at the border does not stop for endless debate or protracted litigation,” Chertoff said. “These waivers will enable important security projects to keep moving forward.”
Chertoff cited a congressional requirement that 361 miles of fence be completed by the end of the year. He also pointed out that Congress had given him the authority to bypass laws.
And the international image of the United States slips further…what’s the definition of a rogue state again? Oh, a nation that consistently and egregiously defies international law to do what it wants, caring only about its interests and neglecting the good of the whole. And a couple of the quotes again; “customary international law is not federal law and that the president is free to override it at his discretion,” and “Congress had given him the authority to bypass laws.” I smell hypocrisy.
Another title for this post could be “When nationalism is idolatry.”