Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, it is clear that the United States has become the greatest obstacle to establishing the rule of law in international affairs. (Masud) American foreign policy and diplomacy support this intrepid claim has truly personified an international rogue and delinquent to global law and initiatives. " While one would expect the world's only superpower to adhere to the rule of law in regards to international affairs (a principle which states that the law is essential in order to ensure order and prosperity and that nobody is above the law), quite the contrary holds true. Rather than utilizing their position of power in order to act as leaders in the promotion of the rule of law in the international community, they have opted to base their foreign policy on the rule of power, finding it preferable in the furthering of American interests. In doing so, the United States has sent the message to the international community loud and clear: they will do whatever they want, whenever they want, and no one can stop them. Time and time again, they have demonstrated an utter and blatant disregard for international treaties. This attitude becomes even more appalling when considering that these are treaties to which they belong. Furthermore, their ongoing track record of inexcusable military operations is nothing less than atrocious. Lastly, their opposing stance on certain global initiatives, in which they refuse to partake, further solidifies their advocacy of the rule of power" (American Foreign Policy: They Do it Because They Can 2007).. The United States is founding its foreign policy on the principle of the rule of power, which is overrated.
Within this book, the author expresses that the U.S. ignored the U.N.'s viewpoint on the invasion of Iraq and chose to invade the nation in spite of it. From there, the U.N.'s Security Council had no significant influence on the United States. Without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, it was the most notable and apparent manifestation of the rule of power in recent U.S. foreign policy.
According to American journalists Robert Jensen (professor of journalism at the University of Texas) and Rahul Mahajan: After months of open expressions of contempt for international law and disregard for the opinions of other nations...George Bush explained that he would be happy to go to war with the endorsement of the Security Council but that he does not consider such endorsement necessary. The United Nations can have a role, the president conceded, but if it makes the wrong decision it will be irrelevant (Jensen and Mahajan and American Foreign Policy: They Do it Because They Can 2007)
The United States believes in the rule of power, which causes them to disregard for international treaties, their inexcusable military activities, and their stance on certain global initiatives. America's indifference towards international treaties to which they belong and their willingness to ignore such treaties is very alarming.
Furthermore, their unjustifiable military operations are nothing short of horrendous. Lastly, their refusal to join certain global initiatives is indicative of the U.S. government's cynicism and lack of a sense of obligation to take part in international efforts. Ideally, the United States should be a nation which demonstrates the utmost respect for the rule of law in international affairs, and in so doing, acts as a nation which leads by example. If this were a reality, the international community would be the beneficiary; however, the approach of current U.S. foreign policy is hardly an example to be followed. Moreover, in a series of commercials for the U.S. Army's National Guard, the advertising slogan proclaims that "you can." Interestingly, this slogan seems to represent the philosophy after which the U.S. government patterns its foreign policy. This begs the question, why does the United States government demonstrate a complete disregard for the rule of law, operate…