: Bush Decides to Oust Saddam Hussein. I don’t know how the US leadership thinks it can contravene international law, unilaterally, and simultaneously demand that others follow it to the letter. This fits in well with a thesis I’ve been working on (on and off) for some time. The US works very hard to develop new international treaties and regimes, but then steadfastly refuses to ratify or sign them, thus setting up a system whereby it has one set of rules (basically, ‘we do what we want’) and everyone else has another. American exceptionalism at its best. Trouble is, it plays right into “rogue” states’ hands. They are very happy to have well-documented evidence that the US is itself a lone wolf, willing and able to do what it wants in the world without concern for international rules and laws.